My Little Cupcake

My Little Cupcake was inspired by a photo that I took on a farm. I baked cupcakes for the 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)

My Little Cupcake was exhibited at The Art of Recycling,  Art Meets Coffee – BookMunch

 

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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)

The Apple of My Eye was exhibited at Artist AvenueArt Fiesta,  Art Meets Coffee – BookMunch

 

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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)

Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize was exhibited at Artist AvenueDXB to Somaal, Huwiyyati

Sold, in a private art collection

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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. Mariska also held a workshop teaching children a few different paint techniques, while they enjoyed brunch.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included In Daddy’s Arms, All is Safe, Let’s Play, My little Cupcake, The Apple of my Eye and The Woman Behind The Hat.

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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.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The Bean, Blood is Thicker than Water, Blue Eyed Boy, Coffee Addiction Lamp, Desert Rose, Green with Envy, I’ll always have someone watching over me, It’s All About The Journey, Marching On, Milibangalala Menina, The Father of a Nation, Trumpeting at the Fair, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, What Else Danny, What Else George, What Else Penelope and Young Love.

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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.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included GCC Comes Into Being.

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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.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

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Art Fiesta, an Art Exhibition hosted and organised by Cartoon Art Gallery. 

Art Fiesta

4-9 September 2017

An Art Exhibition hosted and organised by Cartoon Art Gallery an inaugurated by Yasser Al Gergawi

For the interview of fellow artist Ahmed Alfalasi with Fujerah TV Team click here 

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included The Apple of my Eye and In Daddy’s Arms, All is Safe.

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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.

 The artwork exhibited by Mariska included On Route To UhuruReuse, Recycle, Rehumanize.


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Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group

Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group

22 – 25 May 2017

The Artist Avenue was an art gallery as part of the Index exhibition and specifically created for artist and galleries looking for exposure in the interior design field. The four-day event (22 – 25 May 2017) hosted over 60 artist as well as galleries. Throughout the event, there were more than 25,000 attendees over the four-day exhibition. The attendees included design professionals, art procurement managers, as well as consumer and commercial art buyers.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The BeanCoffee Addiction Lamp,  MoshanyanaOn Route To Uhuru, Reuse, Recycle, RehumanizeThe Apple of my Eye and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

 

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