Zarah Cassim

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Zarah Cassim is a 25 year old artist, born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2014. She works within the mediums of photography and painting. In 2013 she was named a finalist in the Sasol New Signature Artists competition. In 2015 she was named a finalist in the Barclays Absa l’atelier competition. She is currently based in Paris.

Zarah Cassim’s art production challenges the surety we assume in our perception of images. She recognises that daily realities are consistently shaped by the exploration of self within a contemporary urban environment.

Her paintings evolve from more personal experiences of everyday living. Sensitive or romantic memories are woven into her process of dissolving or removing painted layers in a surface interplay with the shadows of previously painted images. Colour palettes are chosen according to mood, with a preference shown for the more mysterious dark inky blues, greens, blacks and burnt sienna.