My Little Cupcake

“My Little Cupcake” was inspired by a photo that I took at our family farm in South Africa. I baked cupcakes for the worker’s children. Through all the laughter this little girl had a sense of sadness about her. I wanted to capture this is my art

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait. For the background, I wanted to use a very bright colour to brighten up the mood of the little girl, and something that seems to brighten up a lot of peoples mood is shopping. Thanks to my mother’s shopping trip to Ted Baker I received one of their large green and purple shopping bags. I wanted to create the effect of a kaleidoscope with the two different colours that are captured to represent movement and makes you wonder what shape will be taken next if we were to rotate the cells to change the kaleidoscope.

Title: “My Little Cupcake”

Dimensions: 1000mm x 1000mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Ted Baker Shopping Bag)

 

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The Apple of My Eye

“The Apple of My Eye” was inspired by a photograph I took in 2009 of a friend’s daughters. The girl, Chanè was eating a toffee apple and had the most beautiful big eyes that just captivates you, and I wanted to capture that in my art.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours. I want people to admire the beauty of the piece and to see waste in another light as waste should not be wasted but can be turned into something beautiful.

Title: “The Apple of My Eye”

Dimensions: 460mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

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Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize

“Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize” was inspired by a photo I took a few years back in South Africa. She looked so peaceful, calm, and at that moment it seemed like all her troubles lifted from her shoulders, and she could reach for the stars. I wanted to capture that moment in my art too, and encourage other women to also reach for the stars.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled items are arranged to create a colourful pattern that adds to the beauty and vibrancy of the woman. The title of the piece is my way of asking people to think about what they are doing and instead of throwing things away and writing people off why not “Reuse, Recycle, and Rehumanize” wherever possible and do something you are proud off.

Title: “Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize”

Dimensions: 610mm x 460mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

Sold, in a private art collection

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Rooted, an Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.

Rooted

28 November – 23 December 2017

An Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their

South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.

Art Meets Coffee, an Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by BookMunch

Art Meets Coffee

16 -30 November 2017

An Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by BookMunch

TechStars Startup Weekend 2017, an Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.

TechStars Startup Weekend 2017

16-18 November 2017

An Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.

Art and Headlines, an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery.

Art and Headlines

16-22 November

An intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery and inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Wall of Happiness, an Art Exhibition organized by ZeeArts Community, curated by Zaahirah Muthy and hosted by Mgallery by Sofitel, The Retreat Palm, Dubai

Wall of Happiness

2 November 2017 – 31 January 2018

An Art Exhibition organized by ZeeArts Community, curated by Zaahirah Muthy, inaugurated by President Ameenah Gurib and hosted by Rgallery by Sofitel, The Retreat Palm, Dubai.

DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition

DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition

20 – 23 June 2017

An Art Exhibition, in support of the Emirates Red Crescent, and their efforts in Somalia, hosted by The Workshop gallery, Jumeirah and organised by The Ajala Project.

For the video of the opening night, click here.

 

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Amirah Ji, A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

Amirah Ji, 1 December 2017

Thank you to Amirah Ji for the wonderful article, “A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art”

Read the full article here. 

A Great Cup Of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

I do appreciate a poetically placed cup of coffee. Some ricotta pancakes to go with my first cup to start me off on the first few chapters of my read. Maybe some cozy egg sandwiches and a cinnamon latte once I’m a little deeper into the plot and (sighs)…. just writing about it is giving me a fuzzy and warm feeling inside.

There’s an Art Meets Coffee Exhibition Series running at Book Munch Cafe in Wasl Square and it’s just the kind of place I’d like my poetically placed cup of caffeine and munch. Especially because Mariska Nell chose to showcase her artwork in such a wonderful setting!

Her work is composed of repurposed Nespresso Capsules. The outcome is glorious and the images are stirring. Just the concept of experiencing a Cafe transformed (even a little bit) into an Art Gallery is an act of universal justice especially if it leads to the five times, award-winning Cafe being laced by conversation-inducing art. Mariska Nell’s creations succeed at that.

Mariska is also exhibiting at Our Space in the Lamborghini Building on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai for your viewing pleasure.