Begum's artworks and installations take inspiration from the geometric patterns associated with Islamic art and architecture – "I grew up reading the Quran and praying five times a day, so that repetitiveness is instilled in me," she explains – and from contemporary cityscapes: "the clashes of colours, forms, and the way the light changes things."
Begum uses different scales and materials to experiment with the way shapes interact to change the viewer's perspective. "People are always trying to find some kind of narrative [to my works]," says Begum, "but the initial response I want is to the colour, the light, the form – not to me." Unrelated to gender, religion and culture, her pieces exist in splendid isolation.
Her use of robust, industrial materials is often at odds with the ethereal lightness and fragility embodied in her works, a dichotomy that is ever present in her practice. Begum's works bring together moments of calm and exhilaration, their open-endedness allowing the viewer a sense of the infinite. In a new large-scale installation No. 670, 2016, created especially for this exhibition, sections of industrial steel-mesh fencing are arranged in a massive maze-like structure that invites visitors to walk through it and physically experience the sense of infinity bound within the geometric repetition of its architectural configurations.
For years I have had the insides of an old jukebox sitting in my shed. I recently found images of what it looked like in its heyday I decided to make a case for it from scratch. I needed a metal mesh to finish things off and found exactly what I wanted at Fine Mesh Metals. Delivered in no time and here we have it. Shove in a 5p coin and rock on.
Designers and manufacturers of bespoke internal & external joinery based in Thame, Oxfordshire. BarrJoinery believe in design led perfection. Working closely with design houses and independent designers they are able to translate any concept into reality. Through seeking out partners with shared values and a passion for ‘doing things differently, any vision can be realised.
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Below are examples of their projects. Regency Diamond grilles (54mm alt plain Nickel coated grilles with a fine mesh backing) have been used for the kitchen cabinet inserts. Allowing diffused visability to the plates behind.
Just to thank you for my recently supplied handmade decorative grilles. They`re now in place as ventilation grilles in a restored Oxford college barge, built in 1891, photos attached. The clients are delighted as they had expected new ventilation ports (as recommended by a marine surveyor) to spoil the appearance and period charm of the main cabin interior but now feel that your antique finished brass mesh grilles (with wooden frames) actually enhance it. Thanks again!