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Rezwana Sarkar is a painter and printmaker, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Fine Arts 2004. In the past her work was mostly photographic images of Bangladesh that she digitally manipulated to make them blurred and atmospheric. She tried to deal with the distant memories and longing of the places she grew up in and called home. Through the passage of time and experiences of life, her feelings of diaspora are now being replaced by mindfulness and being at peace with her current environment.
Her work deals with the nature and landscapes around her and she likes to paint vastness, then look closely at the details of natural elements such as a leaves and twigs. Through her work and art practice she feels connected to nature and rooted in the ‘here and now’. She likes to experiment and explore with different mediums; but mostly oils, acrylics and encaustics in painting. In printmaking she mostly produces monoprints and collagraphs that are painterly in style. They are mostly abstract/semi abstract landscape paintings and or detailed botanical prints, and are expressive in nature.
Her process involves going for mindful walks or just being in a certain place. She then brings the feeling of the place (with photographs and sketches) into her studio, where she is able to work intuitively with it. Her work is autotelic in that she also brings leaves or stones into the studio, as if bringing a part of the nature with her in a tangible form. Through her work she wants to install an ‘outscape’ and transport the viewer to the place and the emotive feelings that are attached to it. The use of colour is a prime element that she works with as an emotive trigger within her paintings.