‘Huwiyyati — My Identity’, the Noon Arts Awards that was organised by the Sharjah Ladies Club and Noon Gallery. The awards focused on recognising and honouring talented women and girls in the fields of painting as well as photography. The awards ceremony was opened by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi. Mariska was one of the finalists selected from the 292 submissions.
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)