Fairouz El Tom is a Sudanese and Swiss artist. Her practice is anchored in photography and satellite imagery, and she also works experimentally across fields, incorporating objects, text and other forms of mark making in her work.
She grew up in Sudan, India, Nepal, the US and Switzerland. This experience instilled in her a fascination with human and natural diversity, and with identity construction. To explore these themes, she combines familiar imagery to create abstracted works that blur the line between the personal and the cultural, the familiar and the new. Her compositions create a visual language that offers new relational propositions and invites us to see afresh. She gives importance to wonder, entangled spaces and opacity.
Fairouz studied international development before turning to art. She holds an MA from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art.