Shaikha Al Mazrou

Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural

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Shaikha Al Mazrou, Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural, 2018, Tempered glass, Dimensions variable. Art Jameel Collection. Photo by Mohamed Somji.

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Shaikha Al Mazrou


Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural




Tempered glass


Dimensions variable

Credit Line

Art Jameel Collection

Work Description

Green house: Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural is the first Artist’s Garden commission at Jameel Arts Centre. Alongside the Centre’s seven gardens designed by Anouk Vogel is a plot reserved for artists to cultivate and experiment, via an annual commission.

Rather than plant the garden, Shaikha Al Mazrou draws on regular themes in her practice to construct a light-filled, segmented greenhouse over the plot. The six large-scale glass structures play on dichotomies of interior/exterior, manmade/natural, creation/destruction, containment/constriction, and transition/reflection. The absence of vegetation is reflected in the changing colour, from dark to light, of the glass.


Artist Biography

Shaikha Al Mazrou (b. 1988) lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Shaikha Al Mazrou received her BFA from College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah in 2013 and her MFA from Chelsea College of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, London in 2014. Al Mazrou’s sculptural experimentations and investigations are expressions of materiality – articulations of tension, the interplay between form and content, as well as an intuitive, keenly felt understanding of materials and their physical properties. Al Mazrou gained her Masters from Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts, London, and Bachelors from the University of Sharjah, where she is currently a sculpture lecturer. She has undertaken residencies in Dubai as part of Artists in Residence (A.i.R), a collaboration between Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. 

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