Mariam Abbas is a visual artist and illustrator from Dubai. Her work is characterized by a quite incredible level of detail, especially within her intricate pointillist drawings in which forms emerge from a mass of tiny ink dots. With a sketchbook and set of pencils always close at hand, Mariam turns to her Arabic culture and surroundings for inspiration. Mariam is currently guest hosting our Instagram account and you can follow her adventures @capsulearts. [video width="720" height="540" m4v="http://whereismyshark.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bait-14.m4v"][/video]
For our new limited edition print collection, Mariam has created two new illustrations depicting the doorways of Arabic homes. These heavily patterned Arabic facades bear the traces of their human inhabitants – a slipped off pair of sandals, or a for-now empty stool. Check out her video charting the progress of one of these drawings above. Also included is a print of her pointillist drawing Karam, where Abbas playfully creates a pattern formed from overlapping traditional Arabic coffee.
Emirati artist Mariam Abbas obtained a BS degree in Visual Communication from The American University of Sharjah in 2006. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Sikka Art Fair, Dubai; Lessedra, Bulgaria; and New Signature, Dubai for which she received an award. Her illustrations have been featured in various publications and books such as Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Mawahib – The Talent Directory. Leading publishers of visual culture, Die Gestalten Verlag, featured her work in the renowned book Arabeque. Find out more about her work on her website.