Aislinn F is an artist from Northern Ireland and Zambia, who explores the power of portraiture and representation in the form of digital and hand-drawn illustrations.
Her work looks at themes surrounding Blackness, femininity and identity. Her work is overall a celebration of Blackness and Black experiences, and is further inspired by Black and African diasporic culture and aesthetics. These images counteract Western ideals and standards of beauty and aesthetics that has for too long disempowered women of colour. Using her art as activism and internal therapy, she unapologetically puts Black women at the forefront and centre of her work, highlighting the importance of Black women being presented as fully-formed, individual and celestial entities/beings. Aislinn uses an Arfrofuturist lens that allows her to experiment with ideas of futurity, which also allows for a safe space of intersectionality for Black women within art as opposed to the stereotypical "white walls, white wine and white spaces" of many exhibition and gallery venues.
She uses bold and bright colours to contrast against the black skin of the women in her portraits, and pays great attention to detail within her line and pattern work. She is extremely interested in the important and diverse looks that Afro hair can be styled into, and likes to echo the never-ending hours of maintaining, braiding and styling that is within the daily schedule of Black people. She reflects this by spending endless hours drawing intricate patterns and shoes that celebrates Afro-hair in all its glory.