Mariska Nell is an artist and environmentalist, the world is her home and sustainability her passion. As a painter and sculptor, her mediums include acrylic on canvas and recycled materials in both her canvases and sculptural work. Having started experimenting with trash in her artwork, she became curious about this new medium and began researching how the environment is impacted by waste, and what solutions exist. She now uses her creativity to represent her passion for the environment, by shining a light on our problems with waste and the impacts thereof.
In 2018 Nell took her art to the streets of Dubai, wearing trash for 30 days and becoming a visual representation of what it would look like if there was no "throwing away" and we all had to carry the weight of our waste rather than passing that burden on to the environment. Through this style of activism, her artwork, the Mama Earth Talk podcast and public speaking opportunities she is doing whatever she can to inspire a positive change.
Nell has worked with many organisations globally, including Azraq, Nespresso, Costa Coffee and Dubai International Airport, to drive environmental and sustainable change in their organisations and communities. Her artwork has inspired many and can be found in collections around the world.
Chocolate or Vanilla
Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.
10 Things I hate about you and Drive me Crazy a close second (What can I say I am a 90's chick)
Favorite song to cheer me up
Jeremy Loops, Down South
Favorite TV Show
One Tree Hill and Friends
If Mariska could be anywhere
I would be on a beach listening to the waves sipping on a Pina Colada (with a reusable straw of course #stopsucking)
Orangutans use to be but now that spot is shared with a beautiful French Bulldog, Piper.
Mariska's Safe Space
Tucked in her Kangura on the sofa or behind an easel with a brush in her hand.
Mariska's Role Models
Jane Goodall, Gary Vaynerchuck, Frida Kahlo & Lionel Smit
If Mariska can be any super hero she would be?
Wonder Women or the Trash Lady (She is my own super hero that cleans up the world)
"Do what you love and love what you do."
If you could invite five people to dinner, living or dead, who would you invite?
Banksy, Gary Vaynerchuck, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Lionel Smit
Do you like pineapple on pizza?
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