I Am Her – Working Mother 1

This painting is part of the series titled “I Am Her.”
In this series, I create art pieces of the inspirational woman from all walks of life. I photograph each of the women from four sides to depict a 360-degree view of the specific woman. The reason for this is for people to view the woman from all sides and to get a better understanding of the particular woman. I want people to look at these women and see little bits of themselves in them and that they would be able to say, “I Am Her”.

The first woman in the series is Jane, a working mother of a beautiful daughter and soon to be the mother of two. Formerly from Kenya, Jane has called the UAE her home for the past ten years. In-between Jane’s busy schedule as an assistant showroom manager she still manages to be a hands-on mother. For me, she represents so many mothers all around the world that is building a career as well as a family and doing a wonderful job at it.

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 represents that of Janes Kenyan routs.

Title: “I Am Her – Working Mother 1”
Dimensions: 600mm x 400mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint glass paint, aluminium paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

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According To Mimi, Wild Coffee Bar

According To Mimi, 17 December 2017

Thank you to Mimi for the wonderful article, “Wild Coffee Bar”

Read the full article here.

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Wild Coffee Bar by Mimi

When I heard about the WILD Coffee Bar (@wild.kwt) hosting art pieces, I was intrigued and decided to check it out.  Now, I’d never been to the WILD cafe before and had no clue that such a place existed just mere minutes from me, tucked away in a corner of Salmiya.  A hidden gem, if you might.The artwork displayed is by Artist Markisa Nell (@designbymariska) and she’s actually also featured in this month’s Bazaar Magazine (From Trash to Treasure).  If you look closely, you’ll see that the artwork is made from recycled material (coffee pods, drink cans, etc).  I love that!

The barista who served us was bubbly and a delight and after placing our orders, we took a seat indoors to wait.  I’d ordered the Spanish latte, delicious, while the better half had a gingerbread latte which had a beautiful mix of spices, perfect for Christmas!  Also, ask to try some of the WILD’s popular items – the Açaí Bowl, V60 slow brew coffee, the muffins and cookies and of course the Spanish latte.

The cafe has a lot of off-the-wall touches such as a handwritten menu on a large roll of brown paper, a mix of different knick-knacks like a surfboard and my favourite, a camel crossing sign!  Beautiful lights both inside and strung outside as well, just added to the cosiness of the place – definite hygge vibes!

I believe the artwork is only on display till tonight, but if you do miss the art display, check out Mariska’s work on her Instagram on @designbymariska.  Mariska makes custom pieces for clients who would like to use some of their recycled items to create art that showcases their family memories.  Either way, do pass by the cafe if you’re in or around Salmiya.  The WILD Coffee Bar is a cool and quirky hangout spot that should be on your list.

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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Blue Eyed Boy

Blue Eyed Boy was inspired by a photograph I took while enjoying lunch at a restaurant in Old Havana. There were a few children in the plaza playing and running around after school. Through all the laughter there was a little boy that caught my eye. He seemed to be very deep in thought, 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 a variety of different recycled materials to represent a cloud. The blue and white are the shades for the clouds, and represent the boy with his head in those clouds.

Title: “Blue Eyed Boy”

Dimensions: 500mm x 700mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Wedding invitation, Milk and cereal boxes, water bottle wrappers )

Blue Eyed Boy was exhibited at The Art of Recycling, TechStars Startup Weekend 2017, Art Meets Coffee – WILD Coffee Bar

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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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