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Dhiyanah Hassan is an artist and writer.
Part-South and part-Southeast Asian, she lives and works in Malaysia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from RMIT, Australia and formerly made work under the alias, 'afraidofwords.'

Utilizing a range of creative disciplines - with a focus on painting, poetry, and personal essays - 
Dhiyanah explores the significance of reclaiming one's narrative particularly in the context of healing. She is drawn to waterscapes, the color blue, and mysticism. By exploring the body's relationship with landscapes in her paintings, she weaves poetic symbolisms to map out the terrains between longing and belonging.

COMMISSIONS: CLOSED


When I decided to commission original artwork for my Her Head in Films podcast, I knew Dhiyanah would be the perfect person for the job. I’d never worked with an artist before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but the experience was nothing but positive. From beginning to end, Dhiyanah was patient and professional, listening to my ideas and helping me hone in on what mattered. She deeply understood what Her Head in Films is about and created a logo that beautifully represents the podcast, which has already attracted new listeners.
— Caitlin, Her Head in Films
Dhiyanah’s art and illustrations have touched my soul ever since she worked on the cover of my contemporary fantasy novel set in Singapore. I soon recommended her to one of my publishers. Intuitive, beautiful and poignant - Dhiyanah’s art is guaranteed to touch your heart and soul.
— Joyce Chng, author of 'Wolf At The Door' and 'Water Into Wine'
What I’ve loved about collaborating with Dhiyanah is her dedication to the work and respect for the process. We have come together to produce poetry and I’ve trusted her to produce illustrations for my writing because of this respect and meticulousness, as well as her intuitiveness in capturing meaning from work and finding beautiful visual expressions for them. The integrity she brings to her work is admirable and a standard that nurtures the work and process to be the best it can be.
— Syar S. Alia, ISSUE Magazine

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STUDIO

Art following a narrative exploring: home, longing/belonging, memory and identity. Included under this tab are completed series, selected exhibitions, and on-going projects.

Works are arranged in chronological order following the project’s start date: newest to oldest.

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ILLUSTRATIONS

Selected illustrations, commissions, and commercial work. 

Works are arranged in chronological order: newest to oldest.

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SIDES

Personal and side projects. Including works made for practice and play. 

Works are arranged in chronological order: newest to oldest.

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WRITING

A selection of my writing, from formal to personal works.

General updates for Poetry, Reviews and Interviews can be found on their respective pages. Works that merge writing with another element are featured on their own pages.

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ZINES

DIY zines, chapbooks, and art zines. 

Work is arranged in chronological order: newest to oldest.

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TAROT

My tarot-related work and projects are updated here, including updates on 'Ash and Stardust,' a column on Burning House Press.

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all art, writing, and content on here is the intellectual property of Dhiyanah Hassan
unless otherwise stated.