“Art is art – each piece reflects something from inside you.”
Sherien’s art mainly represents her African culture and identity, through focusing on details and colours, particularly yellow and red, completed through drawing and painting freehand. Traditional African culture is communicated through Sherien’s art, specifically from Sudan, with a focus on traditional clothing and accessories. Sherien uses different materials for her art, such as watercolours, oil colours, fabrics and beads.
Sherien’s dad was her inspiration for her to become an artist, due to his encouragement throughout her childhood. This led Sherien to study art, graphic design and material design at college, which she later then became a teacher at. After coming to this country, Sherien then completed online courses at Bristol City College. After coming to Bristol, Sherien’s ideas around her artwork changed due to understanding how art works differently in Bristol, such as the different materials used in the city.
Sherien has been involved in BRAC for around four years, and loves being able to work with people in the collective, especially a range of people from different countries and ethnicities, and the involvement with BRAC has helped build confidence. Lockdown was difficult however changed her attitudes and feelings towards working from home, as Sherien was able to make art with her children. Sherien is excited for BRAC to be able to work together in the future as a collective.