Above The Clouds
Painting and Printmaking
Aisha Al-Abdulla is a multidisciplinary artist who tells stories about her fictional characters and gets in touch with her inner child and mental state by using a combination of fantasy-narratives, world-building, and character design. Japanese animation, western cartoons, video games, and how globalization has affected Aisha's interests all served as inspiration for her visual language. She generates sketches through a stream of consciousness, which are then refined to create a character and the environment they live in.
Aisha’s thesis project is an installation based on one of her worlds, “Above the Clouds,” which exists beyond human reach and where creatures that look like women live. These creatures are responsible for changing the sky and creating weather conditions that can help the earth function. Aisha uses paper pulp to show how, despite her efforts to bring her fictional worlds into the material world, they could quickly disappear because of the fragility of the material.