Emirati Artist Shatha Essa Al Mulla has collaborated with the Malaysian Pavilion and presented EXPO 2020 Dubai with a beautiful artwork in honour of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee. With the help of artisans from Malaysia, the Dubai-based designer has crafted this unique artwork inspired by the heritage of the UAE and Malaysia.
This art piece illustrates the emirates’ sand dunes. Using fifty cones of various heights and sizes and weaved from crafts and materials found in the Southeast Asian country, Shatha Essa Al Mulla created the artwork as a representation of the fifty sand dunes found all over the country.
Shatha has also added some details. The cone peaks echo the wind’s effect on the dunes and the delicate gold lines are a nod to the UAE’s 50th anniversary. She chose to leave the edges of each cone coarse and crude to illustrate how insecure life in the UAE was before oil was discovered.
The art piece can be viewed at the sustainably-focused community art project, Hammour House, found in the EXPO site.
Shatha Essa Al Mulla founded womenswear label, Shatha Essa, in 2016. However, she wanted to do more than just design garments for women. She became passionate about CSR after volunteering for different causes from the age of 18. The Dubai-based brand, which is influenced by the world’s vibrant cultures, has mainly been serving communities by driving revenues towards children’s education and supporting mothers in rural districts around the world.