Juxtapositions of art and the spoken word alter the perception and experience of both.
It is with great joy that I have once again been able to collaborate with Iranian-American poetess Bahareh Amidi, currently based in Washington D.C.
Bringing together her poem "Shedding Light" and my artwork "Heightened Awareness" we share a message with the world.
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Marika Nell is a South African born artist, environmentalist, podcast host and speaker, who is passionate about sustainability and rethinking waste.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mariska at World Art Dubai and not too long after that Mariska asked me if she could interview me for her Youtube channel.
Mariska and I became friends over the years before I left for Canada and she for Australia, and we still keep in touch.
It was a pleasure to be interviewed by her:
"Tend to each other's growth. Make others successful in the most generous way".
When we still lived in the UAE, I had one of my images printed multiple times onto fabric whilst I was on a visit to Germany. Now living in Canada, I finally got round to working on it during lockdown.
The work is made up of three layers, two of which I cut into strips to weave; the third serves as a backing.
I chose a weaving effect to portray interconnectedness and interdependence - concepts we all became more aware of after the onset of the pandemic, and the necessity of which will be strongly felt as we move out of it.
As all stores were shut at the onset of Covid, I made use of the cotton I had at home to do all the required stitching by hand.
The finished piece is 100cm X 130cm.