Aaliyah makes art and works towards social change, and is happiest when she can do both of these concurrently.

She explores mark making in a variety of ways, pushing the boundaries between drawing and painting. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Copenhagen, New York, Portland, and Seattle. 2019 shows include Landscape: Real and Imagined at Site: Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, Creativity Persists at CoCA Seattle, and Layers at Sammamish City Hall. Recent projects include site specific installations for Facebook's new Seattle office and for a Storefronts Project window. Her work was featured in Open Form: Facebook Artists in Residence 2012-2017 and the 2018 chapbook Postcards from the New World by poet Shankar Narayan.

Aaliyah is looking forward to a spring residency at Willapa Bay in April 2018. She was an Artist in Residence at the Ucross Foundation in 2018 and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2015.