Maitha Abdalla Emirati, b. 1989

"As if harnessing the subconscious, Maitha Abdalla’s work oscillates between the

diaphanous, vibrant and surreal, and is always marked by an atmosphere of reminiscence

and nostalgia. Often evolved into series articulating strong cultural narratives, her paintings

and mixed media works are assemblages of memory, travel and human interactions".

B. 1989

 

As if harnessing the subconscious, Maitha Abdalla’s work   oscillates between the diaphanous, vibrant and surreal, and is always marked by an atmosphere of reminiscence and nostalgia. Often evolved into series articulating strong cultural narratives, her paintings and mixed media works are assemblages of memory, travel and human interactions. Informed by exchanges and experiences, her socially driven commentaries on the human condition reveal astute, intuitive observations on the world around her, in a narrative form. A particularly influential encounter was with the children of an orphanage, where Maitha taught English and art. The motifs of childhood began to permeate her work after this time, becoming an eloquent vernacular in which she further explores the difference between the imaginary and the real; mapping the liminal space between these interconnected worlds, she plays out many questions of social and cultural identity.