Al Anood Al Obaidly is Emirati visual artist from Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is a 2013 graduate from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University, where she earned a B.A. degree in Visual Arts. Her artwork explores indoors and outdoors spaces. She works with mix-media collage and found materials. She works with mix-media collage. Her work has been exhibited regionally with her most recent exhibition; "Turning Point" at Tashkeel Gallery in Dubai 2014. In the 2014, she was awarded the prestigious ShaikhaSalama Artist in Residency Award, which allowed her to work for one year as an artist in residence with visiting faculty from Rhode Island School of Design.
Artist Statement: I work with mix-media collage, painting, installation, found materials and photography. I explore surrounding indoor and outdoor spaces to study its color and space. Recently, I am studying Al Saadiyat, Al Falah and Al Bahia areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as outdoor and indoor spaces. These areas are wide spaces in combination of farms, villages, buildings, and sea view. In painting, I create studies of spaces I explored, and study its colors by using watercolor medium. I also create perspective studies to understand the space by using watercolor and ink. I work with sketchbooks that contain colors and space studies. Sketchbook is my source material to work forward with collage. Some done sketchbooks become objects, and other sketchbooks remain as research and experimental content to be showcased. In found materials, I work with found paper, objects, books and boxes. Found materials can create surfaces, color, and gives me knowledge to brainstorm ideas that support the work process of creating innovative collage or object work. In mix-media collage, I use my painting studies and found materials to recreate space studies in non-representational imagery; through the expression of abstraction. I do collage cut-outs of mix-media on paper to recreate the imagery of a space. I believe that abstraction creates additional exploration to the eyes, mind, and emotions towards the process of understanding outdoor and indoor spaces. I do collage that reflects the impression of the imagery. When I create mix-media collage, I take into account the quantity of still, miniature work because it represents the progress of working on one specific space, and as a result, creates a number of expressions towards the space. With the mix-media collage, I can create a work of installation with variety of scenes that describe an indoor or outdoor space. Photography is my research study tool that I use to capture indoor or outdoor spaces. Recently, I photograph spaces at Al Falah, Al Saadiyat, and Al Bahia areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I collect my captured photographs and add them in my sketchbooks. Photographs are my source material to study color and space, and progress with mix-media collage work. In research, I study Hans Hofmann's color theories to analyze colors through his push and pull theory. I also study artists: Piet Mondrian's theory about non-representational imagery of the trees in his work, and Paul Klee's exploration of color in his watercolor and collage work. I study Bruce McLean collage work of his space perspective studies and the relation of an object or person to the space. I obtained a BA degree in Visual Arts from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I am represented by Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (Fellower of Emerging Artists Fellowship Program).