I am Unity: Marria Nakhoda

Photo is in black and white. Artist Marria Nakhoda is outdoors in front of a wooden fence with greenery spilling in through the slats. They are looking to the left of the camera, smiling with pursed lips, long hair falling over their shoulder. They are wearing a thin sweater and wire rim glasses.

Unity at the Initiative: a multi-site visual exhibition and at-home experience centering art by and for Queer and Trans Artists of Color. I am:_____ is a blog series to get to know our partners.

Marria Nakhoda (she/they) is an artist and designer of many mediums. She grew up in Dallas, TX (Kiikaapoi/Jumanos/Tawakoni/Wichita land) participating in visual and performance arts extracurriculars and continued on to graduate from Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA (Lenape land) doing a mix of tattooing, graphic design, and drawing commissions. Her visual language is grounded in the natural world and she is committed to making art and design work that is accessible for a diverse array of clients.

"Most of my art takes notice of the natural world through both micro and macro lenses; in both texture and shape, representational and imaginative. I enjoy being sensitive to detail and think that appears in my art and design work alike."

Finish this sentence with a word or two: I am a:_______

grey stone

What's the most half-baked hobby you took on since the COVID-19 shutdown?

making bagels

What are you binge-watching?

A poster advertising The Legend of Korra tv show, featuring the title character in the avatar state superimposed over a circular representation of the elements earth, fire, water, and air.

The Legend of Korra

What's the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

my dog bein' a goof

If you were to create a signature skate move, what would the move involve/look like?

something difficult to do but doesn't look like it

Anything you'd like to share with the world?

stay safe and take care of each other <3