Wear Suncreen
Aaniya Asrani
Original on paper, using acrylic paint and watercolour pencils. Print on vinyl.
23 x 47 per panel

This work responds to the window as a site of self-reflection. In this piece the actions performed by the figure are that of waiting, watching and wishing. As the protagonist waits, their mind wanders. The raindrops turn into eyelids and the passive watching turns into active wishing. The work is in flux between the inside and outside, and exists somewhere between perception and reality. The lines begin to blur as the space captures them for a moment in time, only to act as a gentle reminder that even an action as existential as pondering existence requires you to wear sunscreen.

Aaniya Asrani is an interdisciplinary artist, graphic designer and visual storyteller from Bangalore, India - living on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam Nations. On this land, she spends her time working to build bridges across lines of difference as the Lead Community Artist for posAbilities and InWithForward. Her art seeks to investigate social, political and cultural systems in order to unpack the world as we know it, with the ultimate goal of facilitating empathy across diverse communities and systemic disparities. She aims to use art as a conduit to foster more moments of connection, and to create the conditions for community to thrive.