Shafina Jaffer

Shafina Jaffer
Shafina Jaffer is an African artist of Indian origin, currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma (FA) program at Royal College of Art. She has trained at the Slade School of Art, Ruskin School of Art and the Royal Academy. Jaffer’s sensitivity towards spirituality and faith is articulated as varied themes in her practice. “I approach painting as its own unique genre and I use it to articulate spirituality through art. I develop interpretative dexterity by conveying complex ideas which allow me to take a position in spiritual art as a subject. My goal is to move away from interpretations of spiritual art that fall under a religious aegis and lens, aiming instead to intermingle spirituality with scientific/philosophical theories of mind and body. I am also inspired by sacred geometry, Kufic texts and arabesque calligraphy. Using these inspirations in tangent with spiritual art allows for my works to function as a dynamic agent of spirituality; providing a perspective to the spectator that goes beyond religious interpretation and towards spiritual pluralism.

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