Desert Rose

Desert Rose was inspired by living in the UAE and listening to Sting’s song Desert Rose. This made me look a bit deeper, and I wondered whether if I had to create a desert rose, what it would look like.

One of the many things that amaze me of living in the UAE is seeing camels alongside the road, just blissfully strutting about. I just love spotting them, and they always put a smile on my face. Therefore they were the main inspiration when thinking of the desert. The entire body of the camel is covered with recycled Nespresso capsules. Afterwards, I cut and folded some roses that are placed all around the camel to add the rose in the theme.

Title: “Desert Rose”

Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Nespresso Capsules)

Desert Rose was exhibited at The Art of Recycling, TechStars Startup Weekend 2017Rooted.

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Green with Envy

Green with Envy was inspired by Nespresso and the beautiful colours of their capsules. I wanted to create a lamp with the majority colour being dark grey, with a pop of green.

To create this lamp, I used 900 recycled coffee capsules. Once the lamp is switched on you would be able to see all the beautiful shadows that creates another form of shadow art on the wall.

Title: “Green with Envy”

Dimensions: 440mm x 400mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Wire Frame and Nespresso Capsules)

Green with Envy was exhibited at The Art of Recycling, TechStars Startup Weekend 2017Rooted.

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Coffee Addiction Lamp

Coffee Addiction Lamp was inspired by Nespresso and the beautiful colours of their capsules. I started to collect the used capsules and cleaned them out one by one, by hand. I then explored with different shapes until I created the flower designs. After using 913 coffee capsules to create all the flowers my first “Coffee Addiction Lamp” was created.

This piece is always a conversation starter as the colours attract you to the lamp but it is only when you get close that you realise it is made from Nespresso’s coffee capsules. Once the lamp is switched on you would be able to see all the beautiful shadows that creates another form of shadow art on the wall.

My message through this lamp was to create beauty out of waste and for people to appreciate it and to think how they can recycle, reuse and even reduce.

Title: “Coffee Addiction Lamp Multi Colour”

Dimensions: 380mm x 500mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Wire Frame and Nespresso Capsules)

Coffee Addiction Lamp was exhibited at Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition, The Art of Recycling, TechStars Startup Weekend 2017Rooted.

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Art Meets Coffee, an Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by WILD Coffee Bar

Art Meets Coffee

7 -21 December 2017

An Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by WILD Coffee Bar, Kuwait.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Blue Eyed Boy,  Marching On, What Else Danny, What Else George and What Else Penelope

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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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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.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The Bean, Blood is Thicker than Water, Coffee Addiction Lamp, Desert Rose, Green with Envy, I’ll always have someone watching over me, It’s All About The JourneyMilibangalala Menina, The Father of a Nation, Trumpeting at the Fair, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Young Love.

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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 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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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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