Shaikha Al Mazrou

Al Mazrou was born in the UAE in 1988 and received her Masters in 2014 from the Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts London. Prior to that she studied at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah where she is currently a Sculpture Lecturer.

 

Al Mazrou’s practice is anchored in history of art, borrowing formally from minimalism and intellectually from conceptual art. Influenced by artists from the Modernist and Bauhaus Movements - such as Paul Klee, Carle Andre and Wassily Kandinsky - Al Mazrou uses the formal aspects of minimalism to engage in a current fascination with materiality in art. Often in her works she combines mass-produced materials such as electronic waste or construction materials with color and form, experimenting with these resources to create abstract geometric arrangements. Fascinated by notions of physical space, her sculptures and installations materialize as simple gestures that emphasize the representation of tension, weight and space.

 

Al Mazrou has participated in solo exhibitions including  Expansion/ Extension, Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2018; Solo Projects, Abu Dhabi Art with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2017. 

 

AL Mazrou's first solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi gallery titled Expansion / Extension was presented in September 2018.

 

Al Mazrou has participated in several group exhibitions including: From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates, organised by ADMAF, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2018; Beyond: Emerging Artists, Abu Dhabi Art, UAE, 2017;  Art of Nature, Abu Dhabi Festival, Umm Al Emarat Park, UAE, 2017; Homage Without An Homage, curated by Cristiana De Marchi, Art Dubai, Julius Baer Lounge, UAE, 2017; Faculty Show, Al Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Art, University of Sharjah, UAE, 2017; Abu Dhabi Art,with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2016; Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, 2016 Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015; Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE, 2015; A Public Privacy, Inaugural edition of UAE Unlimited Arab Exploration, DUCTAC, Dubai, UAE, 2015; Past Forward, Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Fowler Museum, UCLA, LA, CA, USA, 2015; Make Art Possible, Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Dubai, UAE, 2014; 1° International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Arezzo, Italy, 2013; Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 2013; House 44, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, UAE, 2011; Sharjah Cultural Days, Museum of Modern Art, Passau, Germany, 2010; Bytes and Pieces, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; 14th Asian Art Biennale, National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010; Experiment, Marava Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; Exit 5, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE,  2010; 28th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; Closure, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; That Gallery Opening, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; Islamic Motive, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; Closure, Artwork-MK, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2009; Emergence, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York, USA, 2009; Artists Over The Frontiers, Prayer Flags, The Commune Chauveroche, France, 2009; Artists Over The Frontiers, Prayer Flags, Lyon, France, 2009; Peace Postcard, Contemporary art space, Gosford, Australia, 2009; Peace Postcard, ACU Gallery, Strathfield, Australia, 2009; Peace Postcard, Regional Centre for Educational Planning, Sharjah, UAE, 2008; Peace Postcard, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem, Palestine, 2008; And Dar Al Fonoon, Creek Art Fair and design, Dubai, UAE, 2008.

 

She has taken part in residency programs at the Delfina Foundation, London in collaboration with Tashkeel and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Bastakiya, Dubai. 

 

 

In 2018 Al Mazrou was  commissioned by the Jameel Arts Centre for 'Artist’s Garden'. She has also been commission by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) for the exhibition The Art of Nature 2017 in 'Sand-Land',  commissioned by Abu Dhabi Art, organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority to participate in 'Scales' also in 2017,  In 2014 commissioned  by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) in 'InVisible: Public Art Commission'.

 

In 2014 she was one of five international artists commissioned by the Arab Fund for Art & Culture to produce a public artwork in Dubai as part of their event ‘Make Art Possible’. The public sculpture entitled Stand Here, composed of scaffolding tubes in primary colours, was temporarily comissioned for the Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Dubai.

 

 

Al Mazrou currently lives and works in the UAE.