Marium El-Hajj, born in 2003, is propelled by an insatiable quest for self-discovery and a deep exploration of the world. Her art draws inspiration from her strong connection to Islamic heritage, reminiscent of delving into the inner self for purification. This worldview leaves an indelible mark on her artistic journey, akin to the psychological concept of the unconscious mind.
Her recent work reflects the influence of her environment and her unconscious perception of its importance. It showcases close-up views of fig trees cultivated in her grandfather's greenhouse. Vibrant fluorescent colours stand in contrast to more subdued natural hues, evoking an otherworldly quality that taps into viewers' subconscious thoughts, dreams, and fantasies.
The use of fluorescent colours, often associated with man-made elements, parallels the artificial nature of a greenhouse altering natural plant conditions. In this analogy, the conscious mind is the gardener, planting seeds and using analysis and logic, while the subconscious and unconscious mind resembles the soil where these seeds germinate and flourish.
By infusing her art with the endless vitality of a garden and leveraging the visual and emotional impact of vibrant colours, El-Hajj invites viewers to explore their own connection to nature and engage with their ecological unconscious.