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Marvellous 'Mandala' from Mombasa genius Maryam Suleiman | Coastweek

Each mandala in its unique design draws from a range of influences from different periods and cultures including the decorative patterns in Gustave Klimt’s paintings, Aboriginal dot pointing, Hindu, Greek and Mayan Mandalas and lastly, Islamic Art.

 

Marvellous 'Mandala' from Mombasa genius Maryam Suleiman

Mombasa creative genius Maryam Suleiman (born 29 June 1996) is best known for her intricate Mandala artworks.

Self taught, Maryam has been drawing ever since a child.

Years later, her focus has narrowed down to Mandala Art as she finds them very intriguing.
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Not only does she paint for passion but also to deal with personal depression since "creating these pieces are therapeutic" she says.

Each mandala in its unique design draws from a range of influences from different periods and cultures including the decorative patterns in Gustave Klimt’s paintings, Aboriginal dot pointing, Hindu, Greek and Mayan Mandalas and lastly, Islamic Art.

In conversation:

Hello, My name is Maryam Suleiman, also shortened as Marman.

I am a self taught visual artist based in Mombasa, Kenya.

There are very few things that I enjoy doing; drawing, painting, baking and being at the sea. I have a passion for Mandala making.

I started drawing before I can remember.

One of my earliest childhood memories is drawing a complete family on every new sketchbook I got.

Throughout my childhood I drew and enjoyed gifting friends and relatives with my sketches.

  Marvellous 'Mandala' from Mombasa genius Maryam Suleiman | Coastweek

Mombasa creative genius Maryam Suleiman is best known for her intricate Mandala artworks. Self taught, Maryam has been drawing ever since a child.
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Oh! Did I also mention that I love the smell of new drawing books and it would take me quite sometime before I set a dot on it.

In 2015, after high school, i came across a Mandala tutorial on youtube and like a magnet, i was drawn to this type of art.

The first attempt was an overlapping Mandala mural in my room which took me almost three weeks to complete.

Since then, I have never put my brush down.

Here’s to a few artists whom are a great inspiration for me:

• Yayoi Kusama • Thomas Kinkade • Afremov • El Seed • Cryptik • Asmahan Mosleh • Zai Hafiz, and • Bin Qulander

One thing I enjoy most about drawing mandalas is its meditative effect.

It’s self-soothing and relaxing not to mention how tiring it can be when combined with complex geometry.

But why do I constantly go back to drawing Mandalas?

At first I never knew the reason why this art was so addictive. However, i came to a realisation that it aids my self-growth.

It creates a different state of mind and allows us to elevate into alpha waves.

At alpha wave point, it’s easier to learn new materials and change old habits.

With this said, I find myself engaging in different fields of art such as spray painting, dot painting and sketching.

I like to create unique designs and through this I came across Islamic Art.

The thought of islamic art still existing makes me happy.

Why?

I love freedom and cherish it more than anything.

Working with geometric patterns by combining, duplicating and interlacing them creates distinguishing features of Islamic Art.

These complex patterns seem to embody a refusal to adhere strictly to the rules of geometry.

As a matter of fact, geometric ornamentation in islamic art suggests a remarkable amount of freedom.

In its repetition and complexity, it offers the possibility of infinite growth and can accommodate the incorporation of other types of ornamentation as well.

Many who have come across my Mandalas have compared them to Persian intricate artworks.

As a matter of fact, my ancestral roots date back to the Balochi tribe in iran whom are closely related to the Persians.

I’m still on a journey to discovering my Persian ancestry.

But who knows, maybe my passion for painting intricate Mandalas is a tribute to the Baluchis.

             

 

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