'Everybody needs good neighbours' is an ongoing project started in 2016 by multidisciplinary artist Aliyah Hussain, made up of a series of brightly coloured abstract compositional studies that involve college, drawing and print. Aliyah will be showing a selection of the prints she's made over the three years since the project started this spring in the diner at DINA.
The work seeks to explore, understand and propose possibilities for different dynamics within the relationships that are formed when trying to negotiate the sharing of space. By using a wide ranging bright colour palette, paper cut-outs, offcuts and mark making, the works explore how shapes relate to their neighbours through varying approaches to composition, pattern and arrangement.
By imagining the shapes as representations of people there is the possibility for unconventional, chaotic, humorous and harmonious solutions to the problems that arise when trying to negotiate how to be a good neighbour.