My name is Sherien Elsheikh, I born in Lybia and grow up there. I grow in supportive family I've brother and sisters. So, when we went back to our original country (Sudan) I studied Art in the university of Sudan at (College of Fine and Applied Arts). Firstly, I studied Graphic design when I finished I started working as graphic designer in a company until I became a Head of design department in the company. Because of my young age and my desire to study interior design, I went back to make another GCSC exam to go again to university and so I did .. After 4 years in interior design development I became a first in my class so I started to work in the university as Teaching assistant and I became a Teacher. While I'm studying I was working as well. I love to be independent. During this time I worked alot in different companies after all a came to the UK after I get married.I started college at the same week when I arrived. Since that time until now I've done lots of qualifications and lots of voluntary work.
About the project:
I love the extent of people's belonging, homogeneity, friendship and the exchange of their cultures in Bristol, the country of beauty.
Despite the circumstances, including Coronavirus, that are not helpful to me as an artist at present, BRAC instilled hope in me and energized me to start to work again so that I can continue to highlight some of my talents. Working online via zoom is really hard and less encouraging, but once we started to meet physically, I was able to work in a right way.
During the ‘Belonging’ Project, the music group Nabra commissioned and briefed BRAC to produce the artwork for their new CD album with the Ligeti String Quartet. I made several designs for Nabra to choose between, then worked the selected piece by computer to fit the square CD cover and the disk shape of the CD itself. This painting, full of Sudanese civilization, reflects the beauty of art and the language of Oud, a musical instrument with a very long history and belonging. The man who wears the traditional cloth and the sunlight bring hope for a better future. The pyramids and migratory birds reflect that the songs and music Nabra use come from this background.
In the project I also painted the face of an African woman, expressing their beauty, the strength of the colours they wear, and their harmony. They use warm colours and combine them with each other to express their views and reflect the darkness of their colour.
Members of BRAC group and UWE were united to make one collective work that expresses us, which is the dress of an African girl. It was divided into four parts. Each of us took a piece, drew it and designed it according to her/his taste, and gathered all these pieces together again.