PopUp Painting’s ‘artist of the week’ is Rana Bagum.
Rana Bagum is a Bangladeshi-British sculptor who works across a variety of media. The artist is heavily influenced by minimalism and constructivism, and thus much of her work is focused on the formal elements of the materials she uses. Bagum’s abstract sculptures and reliefs capture a sense of light, with subtle shifts in hues jarring with ones eyes and creating the effect of movement. This sense of light that the artist so skilfully creates is often at odds with the robust, industrial materials used. Not only is the light juxtaposed with the materials, it also activates the space that the works occupy by spilling onto the walls and floor of the gallery. It is perhaps no surprise that Rana Begum is influenced by her Bangladeshi heritage and the memory of the quality of light she experienced there.
Begum’s work is currently on display at Parasol Unit, London and we highly recommend checking it out!