Otherworldly is one way to describe Fathima Mohiuddin’s work. Meditatively she creates illustrations and cityscapes with chaotic heavy lines, both bold and timid, some erratic and others graceful, that appear to take on a life of their own and consume any surface they’re given.
Her signature style has been translated unto murals, sketchbooks, charcoal drawings, graffiti, stop-motion animation and large-scale canvases. And just as it’s hard to put Fathima into a box given her Dubai-born but Indian/Candian identity, it is equally as difficult to confine her abstract work to one style.
As a student of fine arts and sociology, Fathima’s interests in the role art plays in society has contributed largely to the conceptual framework of her art that delves into the subconscious, dreams, notions of compulsion and the relationship between artist and creation.
Growing up in a family that has always stressed the importance of social contribution, Fathima has herself gone down a road where she has to be able to find some social or humane value in what she does. This has led to her involvement in a number of projects that aim to uplift artists and non-artists alike, and as an artist and socially conscious citizen she continues to delve into social value and functions of art, curate exhibits, runs artist-led initiatives and works with under privileged children.
Fathima has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Culture from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. In the last three years in the UAE, she has exhibited her work in near to 15 exhibitions, and is also the recipient of the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award in 2010 where she was placed first. She was further selected for the British Councils Cultural Leadership International Programme and has been nominated for Emirates Woman of the Year 2011.
She is the founder of the artist-run entity The Domino, which is a platform for artistic communities to develop a locally based art scene and creative-social identity in Dubai.
For her artwork set for Capsule Arts limited edition art prints, Fathima Mohuiddin will be featuring drawings from her sketchbooks available to purchase for the first time at capsulearts.com, for more details about her featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.