Hessa Al Ajmani

Visual artist & ceramicist


Hessa Al Ajmani is an Emirati visual artist born in Abu Dhabi and based in Ajman. Her work is heavily influenced by her curiousity of the human psychology and the natural world, drawing inspiration from people's behavior and perception of the world around them on one hand, whilst studying outerspace, plantlife, and naturally occurring patterns on the other. Al Ajmani’s drawings are distinct in their size and highly rendered mark-making, often depicting subjects that can be both confrontational and yet nostalgically intimate. Her ceramic work features imprints of plants and flowers that reflect on her memories of home and self healing onto functional dinnerware.

Al Ajmani is now focused on closely observing and understanding the UAE’s native wild plants while exploring new ceramic techniques to further develop her creative style.

Al Ajmani graduated from Zayed University in 2016 with a BFA in Visual Arts and Applied Psychology. She currently works in Sharjah Art Foundation’s Community and Outreach Programme, organizing workshops, excursions, photowalks, and events to engage Sharjah’s community with artist exhibitions, location, and contemporary themes. 

Some of Al Ajmani’s notable exhibitions and other art-related public appearances include Made in Tashkeel at Tashkeel (2018), Vantage Point 6 at Sharjah Art Foundation (2018), Emirates Fine Arts Society’s 35th Annual Exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum (2018), Future Perfect Future exhibition at Al Serkal Avenue (2017), Markers & Makers exhibition in Manarat Al Saadiyat (2017), /4 (Out of Four) pilot round in Dubai Design District, twice runner-up for ADMAF’s Creativity Award (2015-2016), and first place winner of CDA’s Human Rights Short Film Competition (2014). 


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