2019 Elected as a Royal Academician 2000-2002 Slade School of Fine Art, MA 1996-1999 Chelsea College of Art and Design, BA
Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum’s practice blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. Her works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial. She first started using fishing nets during a residency at the Tate St Ives in 2018, inspired by her memories of fishing in Sylhet as a child. Leading to the collaboration with Roksanda at London Fashion Week February 2020, with No. 976, draped majestically within the interior of the Foreign Commonwealth Office, not only interacted with the light and space but also with the models as they strode down the runway. For Cure3 Begum presents No.993 Net as alternate representation of space and colour by restricting the light and transparent values the fishing net intrinsically has, within the confines of a Perspex cube. The layers of fluorescent colours of the work highlight the density, materiality and lack of movement, yet at the same time creating a piece that balances form, colour and space in a sculpture which remains within the artist’s chosen language of Minimalist Abstraction.
Cube Images - Philip White Portrait courtesy the artist Rana Begum, No.993 Net, 2020