openollageAfternoon with: Artist Nabeeha Mohamed | Elle Decoration South AfricaOh what we wouldn’t do for a studio space like this! Meet Nabeeha Mohamed, artist cum maker, doer, stylista. Her studio space on the slopes of Table Mountain is utterly inspiring.

Afternoon with: Artist Nabeeha Mohamed | Elle Decoration South AfricaNabeeha graduated from UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2011, after which she took an extended break from artmaking. A few months ago she left her office job to pursue her own passions.

A very important thing I’ve learnt about myself recently is that I need several projects and pursuits to keep me stimulated and inspired, but at the core of everything I do, I like to consider myself an artist.

How would you describe your work?
I work in a variety of media with materialism being the thread that connects all my work. The creation of any given work is a continuous process of discovery and learning – from allowing myself to intuitively find materials that spark my curiosity to then observing, playing with and understanding a material and it’s possibilities and limitations, and finally allowing the material to direct it’s own end in what I would then call an artwork.

Afternoon with: Artist Nabeeha Mohamed | Elle Decoration South AfricaHow would you describe your studio space?
I’ve always dreamt of having a greenhouse – I love the straight lines of the architecture set against growing plant-life. Half of my studio is made up of large mirror-glass panels in tinted blue with a lush garden just outside, so there is something quite like a greenhouse about it. The mirror-glass allows me to see the outside world, but one cannot see from the outside in. There’s something quite magical in that for me.

Afternoon with: Artist Nabeeha Mohamed | Elle Decoration South AfricaWho is your favourite South African artist working at the moment?
Georgina Gratrix – I like to describe her paintings as a seemingly incongruous pairing of the grotesque and the beautiful. I think she is a brave painter – which to me is the only kind of painter to be.

What are you working on?
I’m currently focusing on painting – I have about 15 works that I am moving back and forth between in an attempt to really push my understanding of paint and what it can do and express. I find I learn something new with each work and I like to then take that back to every other piece.

Afternoon with: Artist Nabeeha Mohamed | Elle Decoration South Africa

What is playing on your iPod?
Harry Belafonte, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Don McLean, Bob Dylan, Elton John – I’m a sucker for the music I was brought up listening to but my iPod includes a pretty wide variety of artists; everything from Beirut to The Pharcyde to The Sound of Music OST. If it’s good, I’ll listen to it.

Where are you going for dinner?
Sawadee’s – I could never say no to a delicious Thai food dish by Chef Pons.

What are you watching?
I’ve recently found myself falling in love with Tarkovsky’s films. They are poetic, tragic and utterly beautiful.

Keen to commission a piece | Email: nabeehamohamed@gmail.com