“I didn’t realise I would become an artist, I just followed my hobby until one day I thought I might do better from the world of art, we experience so much fragmentation of thought and feeling.”
Shula first engaged with BRAC in 2019, and since has felt part of a community that has made her feel something greater through finding a sense of belonging. Since moving to Bristol, she has enjoyed engaging with a different culture and sees her everyday life here as a form of inspiration that is translated into her pieces of work. Shula enjoys learning and progression with her artwork and believes that BRAC has become an important link for a creative and supportive community.
Shula obtained a scholarship at UWE and is stylistically Primitivist through her art. She has held a number of residencies and has exhibited in multiple locations including Bristol, Manchester and Canada. Focusing on an eclectic mix of projects ranging from ceramics, painting, sculpting, installations, photography, textiles, illustration and much more, these projects represent a catalogue of her own lived experiences, and all are made up of a variety of materials, but the methodology is consistent. Shula’s work reflects stories from identity and displacement, as well as her everyday life; projecting these thoughts and feelings into her work. She also incorporates themes of social issues into her art which has affected her personally. As such, her experiences as a woman have limited her options and opportunities to be an artist in the past. She now sees herself as a woman first and then an artist, with these experiences being communicated through her work.