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.
Beauty and The Bean was inspired by my favourite childhood Disney film, Beauty and the Beast. After seeing the new version of the film, I was taken back to my memories of watching the film and mouthing along with the movie word for word. The enchanted rose was always something that I wanted to have and therefore decided to do my take on this beautiful rose made from recycled Nespresso capsules.
Title: “Beauty and The Bean”
Dimensions: 120mm x 200mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Plastic, Nespresso Capsules, glass, wood)
GCC Comes Into Being was inspired by the May 26th, 1981 cover page of the Khaleej Times. In this painting, I portray Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan where he opens the summit meeting in Abu Dhabi.
In the background, I used recycled newspapers, and I depict a map of the GCC countries. The blue colour that I have used in the background is to symbolize the trust, loyalty and the wisdom and I wanted to emphasize the inherent cultural unity of the Gulf Arab States.
Title: “GCC Comes Into Being”
Dimensions: 800 x 600mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Recycled Newspaper )
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)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was inspired by Nespresso and the beautiful colours of their capsules. I wanted to combine the capsules with Swarovski crystals an create something that will just shimmer. I, therefore, shaped the capsules 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 (Wire Frame, Nespresso Capsules, Swarovski crystals)
Fresh From The Market was inspired by a photograph I took while roaming, the streets of Old Havana. After spending a few days in Havana and experiencing how difficult it is to find different produce daily, I had so much appreciation for all the work that goes into preparing a meal, 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 candy wrappers in different colours. The shapes in the background represent that of the leaves of the lettuce.
Title: “Fresh From The Market”
Dimensions: 600 x 400mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Softi Candy Wrappers)
“SUP Clean Up” was inspired by the wonderful work that SUP Cleanup does to try and keep our oceans cleaner by collecting waste while on their paddle boards.
I used acrylic paint and for contrast in the background, I used pieces of old paddle boards, recycled soda cans, candy wrappers, plastic flowers, plastic bags, nets, water bottles. Most of these items would be items that they find floating in the ocean. With this piece, I wanted to bring awareness of all the different materials that are found in the ocean and that all of them get in the ocean not by chance but by people placing it there one way or another.
Title: “Sup Clean Up”
Dimensions: 900 x 600mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Recycled Soda Cans, Candy Wrappers, plastic flowers, plastic bags, nets, water bottles, pieces of old paddle boards)
Divide was inspired by the British singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, Ed Sheeran and him meeting his childhood art hero, David Hockney.
I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled paper and Nespresso capsules. The design in the background is inspired by Sheeran’s album, “Divide”, with the use of the blue tones.
The Rock of the Noahtion was inspired by the South African Comedian and host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah. After reading Trevor’s book, “Born a Crime” I was so touched by the beautiful relationship that he has with his mother,
and how she raised him as a single mother to the humble person he is today 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 soda cans and Nespresso capsules. The design in the background is inspired by a Xhosa tribal pattern to represent that of Trevor’s Xhosa heritage.