Fatima Jamil Franks, known professionally as -mAO- is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in California, USA.
She works with digital mixed media collages as a medium to reference stigmatization, sexual objectification and gender inequalities faced by women in social, political and cultural contexts.
Through her work she attempts to subvert the patriarchal constructs, by re-directing it towards an evolving global discourse that women are beginning to engage in. Her art is a social commentary in a documentation of a burgeoning rise of progressive thinking women who are adapting to the times of multiculturalism. Her 10-year oeuvre of works calls for attention for the much-needed social reforms for the female gender.
She received a BFA from Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Pakistan where she was born and raised and an MFA from the California State University, Fullerton. She later got her training in digital design extension course at the Otis College of Art L.A.
Her digital mixed media painting 'The Meeting' was awarded 2ndplace for the XIII Lorenzo IL Magnifico International Award in New Media at the Florence Biennale, Italy.
-mAO-'s recent work is taking a shift in materials and methodologies, as she intends for her ideologies to be understood in multiple dimensional ways. Along with digital paintings, she concurrently works with ceramic as well as moving images/short films.
As a feminist, she intends for her art to be a powerful tool, to annihilate hardwired historical beliefs by being an active voice for a paradigm shift in liberal thinking. Her work aims to project an optimistic plausibility of awareness towards stereotyping race, sexuality and gender.
-mAO- in her studio working on the character 'Surraiya'. (From the 2021 short experimental film, Surraiya and the Anastral Spindle.)