Navya Dasari

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Navya is an 18-year-old il­lus­tra­tor from Ari­zona who views cre­ativ­ity as “be­ing dis­sat­is­fied with what is dis­hon­est and tired, and let­ting your pas­sion di­rect you to some­thing clear and new.” This surely aligns with what first drew me to Dasari's work — her work cen­ters Asian, African-amer­i­can and Mid­dle Eastern girls, and stands out from a world of il­lus­tra­tion that can be very white-cen­tric. While Navya sees art as a hobby, rather than a ca­reer choice, she shares her work in col­lec­tive zines like Pop Cul­ture Puke be­cause she takes plea­sure from see­ing how zine editors in­ter­pret her work and place it in con­text with oth­ers.

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