I have been busy for a part few weeks preparing artwork for Sikka Art Fair 2015. Sikka is an initiative for UAE based artists who are commissioned to create artwork which accompanies Art Dubai. It takes its name from the alleyways between the historic houses of Dubai. I am very proud to be part of this and had been working on a new piece which depict an Emirati Family seen through a women’s eyes. Have a sneak peak:
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Each of these butterflies began from observations of Emirati women going about their everyday tasks.
Although the are fully covered in black abaya with a niqab or hijab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the cover: a hem of delicate fabric, a shine of an elaborate shoe or extraordinary shades of colour on their eyelids.
The fact that these signs of hidden beauty were unintentionally
revealed was more stimulating than any attractiveness that was free to see from a simple glance. It made me wonder about the women beneath the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from me?
This sketchbook was provided by the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at 2014’s Art Dubai event.