Zainna Dilan

Zainna Alea Dilan is a fifth-year student at the University of Calgary, majoring in Visual Studies while minoring at the Architectural program at SAPL. During her early years as an artist, she had always used art as a way to advocate for mental health. Her work involved experimenting with different ways viewers perceive contents through extreme angles. She also explored various mediums such as graphite and oil pastels, as well as advanced mediums such as electronic arts, to illustrate her type of work. Currently, her new works promote self-love and self-care. Works such as Giving Thanks to the Fingers I’ve Been Blessed with and Today, I Let My Tears Wash Away the Pain, endorses the idea of accepting reality and finding peace in oneself. She believes that by promoting these ideas, people would accept reality and support one another. Moreover, it would bring awareness to how society overlooks different types of beauty and mental illnesses.

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Today, I Let My Tears Was Away The Pain
21” x 25”
Oil on Canvas
Description: The idea of letting go and loving one’s self again


The Things I Never Got to Tell You
17 2/3” x 21 2/3”
Mixed Media: Graphite, In, Acrylic
Description: A letter to someone I never got the courage to give


Giving Thanks to the Fingers I’ve Been Blessed With
24 1/2” x 32”
Charcoal on Maidstone
Description: The acceptance of imperfections and not being ashamed of it


STAGE 2: Depression
24 2/3” x 20 2/3”
Graphite on Vellum
Description: A glimpse of depression: no sense of hope or purpose