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Amreen Khan

Amreen Khan

Bath Spa University (BA Fine Art , 2012)

My work investigates the concept of cultures, in particular my struggle between two contrasting societies, one being my origins in Pakistan and the Western society. By looking at these cultures I am able to transfer my own knowledge of these cultures into my paintings on canvas. I start of by using solid colours which originate from traditional Asian clothing; I do this by making my own paint from raw pigments and also using screen-printing, which originate from East Asia, this way of work the colours used give the work a richness of colour that I am trying to portraying in my work. Then later I add the Western elements to the work by looking at the way the Westerns make their paintings, such as stretching their work on a stretcher; I add additional elements to the work, still coming from the western society such as pen, which is applied on top of the canvas, and also using dyed fabric that is later on stretched onto the stretcher.

The designs I use are originally from an ancient technique called Mehndi (is an Urdu meaning for ‘henna’). Mehndi is a temporary tattoo that is applied on as a paste onto the hand and feet, it is mostly common to do decorative designs on the bride’s hands and feet before her wedding day. Mehndi originally came from a plant which is grinded down until it becomes into powder. Sometime oil or water is used to make it into a paste, which in some cases is put into a cone, which is an easier way to apply the Mehndi onto the hand. The paste can last for a couple of days or weeks, depending on how strong the pastes are. The designs came in a variety of forms such as in Pakistani and Indian society the most common forms used is the teardrops. 

The reason why I apply these two different tools and technique onto the canvas is because I want to introduce this relationship between these two very different cultures. By using these different techniques and tools I am able to show my struggles between these two very different societies.

46 × 138 × 2 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 30 × 0 cm
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21 × 30 × 0 cm
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21 × 30 × 0.1 cm
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21 × 29.2 × 1 cm
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29.2 × 21 × 0 cm
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87 × 122 × 4 cm
  • £350.00

Exhibitions

July 2012, 'Drawing a Masterpiece', West Wing Art Center, Slough May - June 2012, 'Mis-In-Formation', Fringe Arts Bath, Bath (curated by Diana Ali) April – May 2012, 'Mixed-Other', Islington Art Factory, London (curated by Monica Shanta Brown) March 2012, 'The Women's Art Show 2012', Fairfield Arts Centre, Basingstoke February 2012, 'Hope and Poverty', Paintworks, Bristol September 2011, 'Chesterfield Green Fair', Chesterfield. July 2011, 'Seventy Feet', Free Range Graduate Art Show, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. 11th-15th June 2011- 'Bath School of Art and Design Degree Show 2011', Bath Spa University, Sion Hill Campus, Bath. March - April 2011, ‘LUX: A Vision of Light’, Milsom Place, Bath March - April 2011, ‘Hue’, Milsom Place, Bath February 2011, ‘D.A.V.E’, Milsom Place, Bath November 2010, ‘10th Anniversary of Suited and Booted Studios CIC’, Bath June-July 2010, ‘Colour’, Boston Tea Room, Bath (Solo) May 2010, ‘Enslave Your Senses’, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath March 2010, ‘Play’, Darmouth Avenue, Bath Spa University, Bath March 2009, ‘Untitled I’, Darmouth Avenue, Bath Spa University, Bath May 2008, ‘Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Exhibition’, Chelsea School of Art and Design, London May 2007, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, Slough and Eton Church of England School, Slough

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