Agnès Sheikh is French, but it is too restrictive in her eyes, She considers herself as a citizen of the world. Agnes was born and raised in Africa for 15 years, she lived for 13 years in Karachi / Pakistan where she had her 3 children, and currently, since 2004 she is living in Dubai. Agnès had the chance to approached different cultures, religions, people, arts, traditions… And she is a part of all these fabulous “Rencontres”…
Agnès Sheikh works as an art teacher for middle and high school in a French school. Before the pandemic, she used to enjoy “fluid art”, its “unexpected” component, and abstract work. But lockdowns and anxiety led her to figurative art, allowing her to “control” something through her paintings. A big relief! Since April 2020, a swing has appeared in her work, lonely, visible or almost invisible, still or in motion. It symbolizes this period we are living in, where the future remains uncertain. She uses acrylics and she has 2 series going on. In both of them, the swing is always glued on the canvas as the final touch.
“My series ‘Resilience’ allows me to relate to Nature and spiritual thoughts. The swing, considered a self-portrait, acts as a form of meditation and a catharsis, releasing negative emotions, leading to the restoration and renewal of feelings. Using only acrylics, I love playing with paints and inks, their opacity and transparency, and the different consistencies that I create. With this series, I can paint what I am fascinated with, fields, clouds, calm waters…”
“My second series ‘Papa’, is directly related to my father, 93, leaving in a retirement home in France. Life has changed dramatically for him since the pandemic. The impact of the lockdown-almost a year- is terrible…He used to be very active…Now, he sits in front of his window, looking at the birds, the wind, the clouds, the colors of the sky. I like to think that he dreams. Therefore this series celebrates the ability of the mind to dream, soothing the pain of this loneliness. The swing represents my father finding Sanctuary within his reverie. Empty rooms accentuate the confinement while windows highlight the power of mentally escaping reality…”