Faatimah Mohamed-Luke

1982 - 

 

Faatimah Mohamed-Luke is an artist who lives in Cape Town. In 2003 she graduated from Cape Technikon with a National Diploma in Fashion. Though Mohamed-Luke was a founding partner of the successful designer brand, adam&eve, she resigned from fashion to come a fine artist, focusing on new materials.

 

Mohamed-Luke’s fascination with creating work from plastic building blocks comes from her love of minute detail and intricate patterns. Inspired by a trip to Morocco, where every surface was painstakingly adorned to perfection, she recreates the art form of tessellation in a contemporary way, using dozens, sometimes thousands, of miniature bricks in every piece. Her medium plays with the line between the nostalgia of childhood and the solemnity of religious patterns, emphasised by her use of colour and the tactile glossiness of each individual piece of plastic. 

 

Artist Statement:

 

My fascination with tiny plastic building blocks comes from my love of minute detail and intricate patterns. I discovered the art of Tessellation i.e. a highly symmetric, edge-to-edge tiling using a simple porcelain shape on a recent trip to Morocco. I loved how every surface was painstakingly adorned to perfection, and the appreciation from both locals and visitors. I hope to highlight and recreate the art form of tessellation in a modern way using plastic building blocks. I love this medium because it’s not traditional and allows for a playfulness and accessibility within my work. My artworks create a feeling of nostalgia and relevance at the same time and is appreciated by all ages and backgrounds. 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2018 Cape Town Art Fair with 99 Loop Gallery

2017 Untitled 5.99, group exhibition, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town

2017 Ten x Ten Exhibition, YoungSpace, Wisconsin

2017 Freedom in Art Auction, City Hall, Cape Town

2017 Afrovibes Womxn Pop Up, De Balie, Amsterdam    

2017 First Thursday Group Exhibition, World Art Gallery, Cape Town     

2017 Art10K auction, Volvo, Cape Town

2017 Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg

2017 The Other Art Fair NYC, Brooklyn Expo centre, New York

2017 Morphogenesis exhibition, 99 Loop Gallery

2017 Puncture Points exhibition, Cape Town Harbour

2017 Art Africa Fair, V&A Waterfront, Jubilee Hall

2017 A New Wave Exhibition, Southern Guild Gallery, Johannesburg

2017 First Thursday Group Exhibition, World Art Gallery, Cape Town

2017 Art10K auction, Bowmans Law Offices, Cape Town

2016 A New Wave, group exhibition, Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town