Confined by Haniyah Abdou Said


“After experiencing the hard lock down, I challenged the thoughts and feelings of the others around me as well as myself into this artwork. I drew inspiration from pictures that were taken from outside the buildings and the dialog that occurred inside the building as well. I collected photos and videos from the community to use as a reference for my artwork before delving into creating a sort of cartoon version of the events that occurred.

The first image is that of the 9 towers building windows and it reflects the requests people communicated through their windows. The faint hands seen on the windows represent the hours residents spent waiting at their windows trying to figure out what was happening.

The second is an illustration of the stairwell area of the flats and along the wall are the words and phrases that echoed through the hallways during this difficult time.”

Confined by Haniyah Abdou Said

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All above artworks by Haniyah Abdou Said.


Haniyah Abdou Said has just started her first year at university studying a Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles (Sustainable Innovation) at RMIT. For years, she has been a part of the youth community in Moonee Valley volunteering her time to work, create as well as connect with different people.

She creates illustrations using both analog and digital means and is primarily self-taught in her creative practice. Her illustrations vary from drawings, paintings and digital art. Recently, she has been taking on as many chances to improve her skills as she would like to start a business of some sort with her artwork in the future.

Instagram: @hanis_dessin

Image credit: Haniyah Abdou Said. Courtesy the artist.

Confined by Haniyah Abdou Said is created for Shelter 2.

Shelter 2 is proudly supported by VicHealth, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts.