We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Yahya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christine, what inspires you?
My art is inspired by drawing the bits and shapes we’ve been both told & taught to hide. These range from physical parts of ourselves to the non-physical.

Through my art I explore themes of bodies, sexuality, identity, mental health, feminism and much more.

I choose to capture these parts of ourselves quite matter of factly, to create artful representation for many of us who are underrepresented in our media-dense society,

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began illustrating Pink Bits back in 2016, which initially started as rough drawings from my own nudes, using bootleg pink copic markers. Through this drawing I felt seen in a way I hadn’t previously through art and on a whim I created a profile to share those initial sketches.

As time went on, more and more people shared that they also felt represented through my art. From then, I sought to create art with the intention of representation for those who are underrepresented; whilst simultaneously unlearning a lot of my own bodily shame I grew up with in the process.

The power of representation and truly feeling seen & understood is astounding.

The community that I’m lucky to surround myself with has been incredible, and truly informs so much of my art & design process. Community is everything.
Each year I approach my community to ask who or what they’d like to see represented in art for the year, and with this list I begin sketching and bringing new art to life.

There has certainly been challenges along the way! By choosing to create art which shines a light upon those parts of us we’re told to conceal, it’s not uncommon for my profile (and many others in this field) to be censored. From shadow-banning, to restrictions and even deleted accounts, it’s quite challenging.

Ironically, these digital spaces are the ones I want my art to be seen and accessed most; as these spaces are informing so many people of who they should be or what they should look like instead of themselves.
With each piece, I hope it finds the right person at the moment they need it. I hope it plants a seed that they are ok, they’re seen.

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Throughout my art career I’ve learned a lot. Ranging from art techniques, business skills and right through to inner healing and self discovery.
That’s one thing I adore about art and expressing your creativity, the quiet it offers your mind and the space it creates to explore yourself, even subconsciously. By creating art through Pink Bits, I’ve learned that bodies are our vessels and to approach them with kindness.

Through my art, I’ve learned about myself and my worth; which I didn’t know before.

I think that’s something which stands out though my creative work. It’s honest, considerate and seeks to open conversations about the things many feel or have been shamed for. It’s creates a warm environment, offers you a seat & listens, and shares artful representation.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re having a cute queer time of thrifting, coffee and art; obviously! Here’s some places we’re visiting:

– UTurn outlet, Punchbowl. We’re going for a BIG clothes thrift
– Ruby Lonesome, Marrickville. The cosiest queer run coffee-house
– White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale. Let’s check out their latest exhibition of contemporary Chinese works
– Golden Age Cinema & Bar. Let’s get a drink and watch a cult-classic in this gorgeous art-deco, indie cinema.
– Bad Hombres, Surry Hills. We’re going around the corner to get some plant-based Mexican eats.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So much love, adoration and respect goes to the feminist and fat liberation movements, those who came before us and did the intersectional work to propel our rights and thinking forward.

My personal unlearning and relearning is so deeply owed to those who have come before us, to so many communities & persons I’ve learned from via Instagram and beyond.

Website: pink-bits.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pink_bits/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkBitsArt

Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@pink_bits

Image Credits
All photos but one are credited to Christine Yahya Photo titled: PinkBits_Desk-Credit-RisakoKatsumata-1.jpg Credit to: Risako Katsumata

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