art​​​​​​ist statement

Through my work, I break down the walls of my daily anxiety as well as the molds that society has assigned to Iranian women and women in general. From bright colors to bold, assertive facial expressions and playful makeup and outfits, I’m searching for ways to step outside the endless loop of constricted thinking. Ultimately, I hope my pieces show that the definition of what it means to be a woman is not singular. Personally, I also want to get as close as I can to seeing myself clearly, without outside filters, through the fierce and unapologetic women I create in my portraits.
about me

Hi, I'm Shirene ("sweet" or "pleasant" in Farsi), born and raised in the Seattle area. Due to a combination of growing up around other artists and needing an outlet for my intense energy since childhood, art has always been a big part of my life. When I'm not making portraits, I’m working full-time as a graphic designer and constantly navigating the sense of having two identities: Seattleite and Iranian; the first exhibition I curated, Home Away From Home, touches on the experience of growing up in the U.S. or abroad while being of Middle Eastern descent. In my free time, I listen to improv/comedy podcasts, take dance classes, hang out at coffee shops and lovingly smother my cat Simba.
upcoming exhibitions​​​​​​ & events

​​​​​​​Sassafras (Seattle, WA), October 2022 (beginning at Belltown Art Walk, Oct. 14)
Pancakes & Booze at El Corazon (Seattle, WA), November 19, 2022
Slip Gallery (Seattle, WA), December 2022
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), December 11, 2022
past exhibitions​​​​​​ & events

Art/Not Terminal Gallery (Seattle, WA), 2012
Pittsburgh Lunch & Superette (Seattle, WA), 2017
Cafe Cesura (Bellevue, WA), 2017
Wheelhouse Coffee (Seattle, WA), 2017
Freshy's (Seattle, WA), May 2018
CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) (Seattle, WA), May 2018
CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) (Seattle, WA), March 7 - April 20, 2019
Elliott Bay Brewing Company (Burien, WA), April 2019
Third Culture Coffee (Bellevue, WA), June 201
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Chophouse Row’s Art Walk (Seattle, WA), August & September 2019
Belltown Art Fair (Seattle, WA), October 3, 2019
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), November 10, 2019
Punk Rock Flea Market (Seattle, WA), December 7, 2019
Holiday RAWk 2019 (Seattle, WA), December 12, 2019
Holiday Pop-Up at Anthem Coffee (Puyallup, WA), December 21, 2019
Harper’s Hair Studio (Seattle, WA), February - April 2020
Belltown Art Walk (Seattle, WA), Virtual Art Exhibition Oct. 12 - 19, 2020
Sassafras (Seattle, WA), Virtual Exhibition Nov. 13 - Dec. 7; Instagram Showcase Nov. 13 - 20, 2020
Julian Peña Gallery (Seattle, WA), March 4 - 26, 2021
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), August 8, 2021
Julian Peña Gallery Home Away From Home (Seattle, WA), August 5 - September 24, 2021 (as curator)
Julian Peña Gallery Night Light (Seattle, WA), February 10 - 28, 2022 (as curator)
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), December 12, 2021
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), March 13, 2022
Night Market (Seattle, WA), June 2, 2022
Tractor Tavern Makers Market (Seattle, WA), June 12, 2022
Night Market (Seattle, WA), July 7, 2022
Belltown Art Walk (Seattle, WA), July 8, 2022

Fremont Fridays (Seattle, WA), July 22, 2022
Birds of Paradise group show (Tacoma, WA), September 9, 2022 8-11pm

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