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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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was inspired by Nespresso and the beautiful colours of their capsules. I wanted to combine the Nespresso pods with Swarovski crystals an create something that will just shimmer. I, therefore, shaped the Nespresso pods in the shape of little stars and added the Swarovski crystals to the centre of each. The crystals added more life to the lamp and once switched on you would be able to see all the different effect that shadows of the lamps and the crystals make together.

Title: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Dimensions: 270mm x 220mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Nespresso Capsules, Swarovski crystals)

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was exhibited at Artist Avenue, Index ExhibitionThe 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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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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