Artist's Statement

I rely on two characteristics of art to inform my work: as a means to inform on ideas that matter, and art’s universality.  The joy of expressing myself with colour is what inspired me to become a painter.  I work upon different media: sculpture, ceramic, paper and canvas.  I have used embroidery, stamps, henna stenciling, post cards, shells and stones in much of my recent work.  I like to add fragments to the canvas as they help personalise the spiritual feeling of my use of colour.  I also work from a small kayak, surrounded by mangroves and the sights, sounds, smells all connecting me to my work.  Back on land it is classical music that keeps me focused on my work.  But I move around a lot, and my studio can be out on the mountains just as often as at home or in the mangroves.  

As a thematic artist my work moves across the subjects of life and death, freedom, humanity and nature, influenced by poetry as well as elements of mythology and philosophy.  

Moving from one project to an entirely different one is an exciting challenge.  However, once my work on the idea becomes tangible the project quickly grabs a life of its own, moving me along in its wake.  Emotions have played an important role in the production of all my art work.  

Upcoming exhibition

2022, June – 4 July 

Washington, DC. Smithsonian Folklife Festival – the UAE Pavilion

Past Exhibitions

2022, 5 Mar. -18 Apr. 

2022, 7 – 30 Jan. 

2021, 15 Apr. -16 July 

2021, 11-18 Aug.

Herring Island, Melbourne, A4 Art Australia National Exhibition

The Hive Ocean Grove, Summer Group Exhibition-Introducing Zahidah Zeytoun Millie

Islamic Museum of Australia, Missing Voices: Untold Stories of Australian Muslims

Curator & Artist Mangroves from the Water, The Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Australia

2020, 18 Aug – 2021, 20 Feb. 

Islamic Museum of Australia/ Islamic Museum Art Prize Exhibition

2018, 7 October

Humans in Geelong Expo, Deakin Waterfront, Mangroves from the Water exhibition including a speech about the mangroves

2017, 4-5 November

‘Bellarine Art Trail 2017’, Queenscliff Uniting Church Hall

2017, 8-11 March

The Mangroves Festival 2017, Khor Umm Al Quwain

For more information and photos about Mangroves from the Water festival and exhibition visit:

Mangroves from the Water FACEBOOK or EXHIBITION BLOG.

Please see Mangroves Festival 2017 booklet to download: https://mangrovesfromthewater.wordpress.com

2016, Aug-Sept.

‘Connection, Steps Gallery, Melbourne

2016, March 

Mangroves from the Water’, The Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai

2015, December 

‘Mangroves from the Water’, Umm Al Quwain Museum, Umm Al Quwain

2015, November

‘Mangroves from the Water’, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah

2015, November

‘Mangroves from the Water’, Environment Agency Headquarters, Al Mamoura Building, Abu Dhabi

2015, October

‘Mangroves from the Water’, New York University – Project Space Gallery, Abu Dhabi

2014, June-Sept.

‘Expanding Horizons’, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi

2014, November

Alliance Francaise,’Connection’, Dubai

2014, March

Tashkeel in ‘Sikka Art Fair 2014’, Tashkeel House, Dubai

2014, February

RAK Art Festival, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah

2013, March

Tashkeel in ‘Sikka Art Fair 2013’, Tashkeel House, Dubai

2013, November

‘Women in Art IX’, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai

2013, June

Salon de Refuses, Happenstance Gallery, London

2013, March

‘RAK from the Mangroves’, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah,Ras Al Khaimah

2013, Feb. – March

‘Women in Art VIII’, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai

2012, July – August

‘Zahidah’, curated by Rodney Forbes, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Melbourne

2010, July

‘Between Bodies’ opened by the international artist Stelarc, Monash Prato, Prato, Italy

2010, April

‘Tracking the Emirates, Contemporary Art Exhibition’, Swiss Art Gate UAE, Ras Al Khaimah


‘From Al Safa to Starchitecture’ (Solo), Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah

2006, December

Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2006, November

‘Impressions’ (Solo), Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah

2004, February

‘Impressions’ (Solo), Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah

2002, December

Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2002, April

‘Creativity’, Sharjah Art Precinct, Handicapped Guardians Association, Sharjah

2002, March

Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2002, January

‘The 21st Exhibition for Artists’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah

2001, April

Hilton Fujairah, Fujairah

2001, April

‘Expressions of Faces’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah

2001, March

‘The 20th Exhibition for Artists’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah

2000, December

‘Fujairah in Art’ (Solo), Hilton Fujairah, Fujairah

1999, May

Forum de Beirut, Beirut

1999, February

Beit Al-Fen, Tripoli

1998, April

UNESCO Centre, Beirut

1994, August

Syrian Cultural Centre

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