Daliah Ammar

Simone Quiles, 19.

Daliah Ammar
Simone Quiles, 19.

Simone Quiles is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist. She currently attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Her work is primarily influenced by her mixed race identity as a Puerto Rican, and African-American woman and how this effects her in her daily life. Most of her work explores the negative side affects of being a mixed race woman such as the societal exploitation and fetishization of her body. In most societies the female body is often sexualized and commoditized, and even more so when it is a female body of color. Although her sexuality is exploited, she challenges this by depicting images that convey a reclamation over her own body and sexuality. She often portrays these themes through the medium of oil paint, in which she primarily paints self portraits. These paintings often use vibrant colors and tropical fruit, alluding to the visual aesthetics of island life in the Caribbean. Simone also looks into themes of mental health, which she portrays not only through paint but fibers materials as well. She uses materials and techniques such as felting, sewing and dyeing of fabrics.