I am Rehana Nagdee, a visual artist, designer and photographer. I studied at the University of Central Lancashire, having done two years of a degree in Fine Art, and one year in graphic design. I also studied at North Trafford College and I have a BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design.
There are two projects I am currently working on. Project one consists of abstract and hard edge paintings that take on an Op Art and psychedelic look.
Project two consists of collages, combining images and words that asks questions about the different aspects of the society we live in today.
The roots of my work begin with my interest in human perception and psychology. I am fascinated in the human senses, especially in exploring the sense of vision and making work that is visually stimulating or illusive like that of optical illusions due to the impact it has on affecting vision. I am heavily influenced by nature, geometry and architecture by the form of lines that exist within them, such as the waves in the sea or the branches of a tree, the order and arrangement of simple shapes and lines to create pattern in geometry and the construction and build of classical architecture. I also like the growth and progression of their existence.
The surface of my work is concentrated on line, movement, pattern and colour. The process of creating pattern starts with a collection of experiments of line manipulation. I produce a series of lines in transition, always starting with a single line and observing the ways in which it can turn, move or bend. I achieve pattern through repetition of each line. I like the idea of taking something simple and making it more interesting. I use colour to bring ‘life’ into ones surroundings and to feel a sense of emotion as well as stimulating vision.
My interest in human perception and psychology continues in this project, mainly focusing on thought processes. This work contains photos and text taken from mainstream media of todays magazines. The images and phrases combined focuses on asking questions and raising awareness, about the challenges we face of the different issues in todays society, some of which are personal to me. I aim to provoke emotional reactions and I am interested in the viewers interpretations in response to this work.
It is also in some ways a path of self discovery. Like a story line, each piece of work is like a thought process branching off into different ideas and themes. Some of the issues presented are identity/image, contentment and relationships, aspiration and consumerism. I also aim to tackle stereotypes and thinking in extreme opposites.
I also have a keen interest in photography which consist of unusual, abstract and natural forms.