• Mishkaah Amien

    Mishkaah Amien
    • Artist Statement
      • With paper being the holder of history and memories, we see the significant role that it plays in conveying the message across to the viewer. This can also be seen in the way that religion is conveyed through holy books.

        Theme and subject matter display Islam through patterning accentuating the discipline that it teaches through its structure. I make use of pattern and repetition as a metaphor for displaying compulsory daily prayers, rituals and duties.

        With the process being long and tedious, I hope to have the viewer recognize the patience, dedication and time it took in creating this piece; similarly to the way I wish to display Islam, as calming and meditative.

        My techniques include paper cutting and quilling. Cutting usually involves cutting into the surface of the artwork itslef or cutting the required shapes and gluing them onto the surface. Quilling involves cutting thin strips of paper and applying different treatments to them such as bending, twisting and curling.
        As my works are 3 dimentional, they offer the viewer mulitiple angles and different ways in which to view and perceive my work. Depending on the lighting and placement of the artwork, this too could drastically change the emotion, message and experience of the same piece.
    • Biography
      • Postgraduate Masters Degree Fine Art (Michaelis School Of Art)

        Mishkaah Amien was born in Cape Town in 1991. She graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from Ruth Prowse School Of Fine Art in 2012, and subsequently went on to obtain her Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art Cum Laude, from Michaelis School of Art in 2016

        2016
        Suzani, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.
        The Quran, Al- Ikhlaas Acedemia Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
        Ghost Notes, Michalis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.
        2015
        Long Street art Lovers Gallery Annual Art competition, Pretoria, South Africa
        Tiny Treasures II, Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa
        Vuleka Art Competiton, Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa
        Thami Mnyele Art Competiton, Johannesburg, South Africa
        2014
        Alumni exhibition, Ruth Prowse School of art, Cape Town, South Africa
        Tiny Treasures, Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa
        Vuleka art competition, Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa
        That Art Fair, The Palms, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
        2013
        Vuleka Art competition, Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa
        2012
        Graduate Exhibition, Ruth Prowse School of art, Cape Town, South Africa

        Finalist and awards

        2013, Vuleka Art Competition Finalist & merit award
        2014, Vuleka Art Competition Finalist & 3rd Prize
        2015, Long Street Art lovers Gallery Art Competition Finalist
        2015, Vuleka Art Competition Finalist
        2015, Thami Mnyele Art Competion 2015, Finalist & Art on Paper award winner

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Artist Barbara Wildenboer

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Gerard Sekoto. Despite Sekoto’s oppressive life as a black artist living in South Africa, he made history through his art.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        I attain most of my inspiration from nature. Within nature, I find a strong link between life and symmetry, which is then used to create my Islamic inspired patterns.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I have to listen to music whilst creating art. I listen to either Jazz, classical or world music. The choice of music changes according to my mood and the weather.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        As an artist I like to believe that it is my duty to inspire others through my interpretation of an idea, feeling or message.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I try to get inspiration from other artists, talk about my work, play around with my pencil and protractor, practice on my violin, take a walk, attend a yoga class or simply leave the artwork as is and start over.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Winning the ‘Art on Paper’ award at the 2015 Thami Mnyele Art competition

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Yes, not only do I hope to create happiness and peacefulness within the viewer, but I also hope to bring attention to Islam and Islamic art in a beautiful meditative way.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I intend to create more art, exhibit and complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Uct Michaelis school of Art
  • Purple  Series III - Quilling Artwork by Mishkaah Amien MISHKAAH AMIEN
    Purple Series III
    Quilling Artwork / 20 x 20 cm
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    Purple Series II
    Quilling Artwork / 20 x 20 cm
    $219
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    Purple Series I
    Quilling Artwork / 20 x 20 cm
    $219