(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) If there's a story, it has to be told, whatever the medium. The medium can be grains of sand - flicked, dusted and sprinkled with the deftness of a magician performing a mesmerising trick.
What is created are pictures that tell a whole story or speak about an idea, frame by frame. Who else would know this better than Shaima al Mughairy, an Omani and lone sand artist from the Gulf region who has won accolades for her art with sand - something which generally symbolises end. But for Shaima, it's a source of creation.
This 19 year old second year student of architecture from the Sharjah University of Architecture uses a special lightbox to make her sand sketches on. The light, illuminating her sketches from beneath, breathes life into the story.
Shaima has been invited to showcase her art in countries in the Gulf and many beyond, like France, Egypt, Lebanon, Switzerland, South Korea and Denmark. ''I have displayed my art in nearly all Gulf countries. I do not have an exact count of awards, but yes, they are more then ten.''
Recognitions include the Young Entrepreneurs Competition Award, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum Award and the Golden Phoenix Award.
Her recent display was at the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) awards function. Shaima says she was briefed about the event and provided with lots of material to read so that it could help her frame a story.
'' I have to show it like a movie, with multiple frames and lots of characters and elements in each frame. Once I have decided on the characters and elements, my story-telling begins. It involves multiple rounds of spreading sand on the lightbox, etching out characters and sweeping them off to create the next frame. This continues till my story is told. All of this is projected on a big screen for the audiences.''
At the OAMC function, Shaima created an air traffic control tower, buildings, duty-free shops, women with coffee, the OAMC logo and flights.
Shaima wants to turn this hobby into a career. ''I wish to open a school and teach this art. I am studying architecture which also involves drawing. So what I am studying will help me more in my sand art.''
Shaima did begin with an easel, paints and canvas, but soon, the canvas gave way to a lightbox and her fingers became the brush. "I used to paint with colours since I was a third grader. Then one day, while surfing the Internet I came across sand art. It looked more interesting and could give me scope to be more innovative. I learnt it from YouTube videos and my teacher, too helped me improve.''
And, we all know what happened nex