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Fine artist Laylaa Jacobs is often torn between who she feels she needs to be and who she wants to be as a young modern Muslim woman navigating Westernised spaces. From drawing family portraits at four years old to creating colouring books at five and an illustrative book at seven, the artistic muscle of this Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate was always being flexed.
Her latest series of artworks, Fulla, showcases six embellished prayer mats and draws inspiration from the Barbie doll of the same name that is marketed to Islamic and Middle Eastern countries with a hijab and prayer mat of her own. ‘She’s a girl’s “dream doll” displaying the ideal dress code and behaviour of a Muslim woman,’ says Laylaa, who uses her work to merge the complexities of what both Fulla and Barbie represent. ‘As much as I attempt to combine the two, I will always be observed as Fulla. Muslim school encouraged me to be modest in behaviour and dress, but when I returned home, I would play with my Barbie,’ she says.
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