When The Real Meets Surreal: Interviewing Artist Nasima Bibi
Meet Nasima Bibi. Nasima is a British Artist with a Bangladeshi heritage. Her bright and incredibly detailed paintings won us over when she submitted her work to our LIFTED'17 art competition for local emerging artists. Her attention to light, texture and colour in her paintings are nothing short of remarkable. We couldn't wait to pick her brain. Here's what she had to say:
[DYD] What was your biggest inspiration when creating the pieces that we featured for this show?
[NB] I like combining plant life with figurative art, it’s a reoccurring theme that shows up in some of my pieces. For the artworks featured I placed leafy elements within the work as a way of conveying the titles message. To explain a piece, I’ll give an example; 'Overgrown' was inspired by the name of a music album, as the work was musically inspired, I listened to the song/s while painting.
[DYD] Are there any artists/ styles /periods that inspire you?
[NB] Surrealist and politically related works have always inspired me. Surrealism is always exciting to look at and makes you look at reality from a different view point. Politically inspired work such as Banksy is one of the reasons why I started creating work with a message. I like the witty and provocative nature of that style of work and again like surrealism it makes you question everyday life.
[DYD] Can you tell us a bit about your process?
[NB] When creating work, it usually arises from a phrase, from that I usually do a preliminary sketch, then do some reference research to help develop the idea, after that I work out the best colour combinations. Once I am satisfied with my final sketch I’ll proceed with the painting.
[DYD] What made you decide to apply for this competition?
[NB] I’m always looking to enter my work into competitions and Dark Yellow Dot was affordable to enter so I took on the opportunity in hopes that my work would be seen. I honestly didn’t expect to be one of the winners so I was chuffed!
[NB] I am currently with a group called Artigon, they search for newly emerging artists and hold exhibitions once or twice a year.
[DYD] What projects are you working on next?
[NB] I’m just going to keep building up my portfolio for the meantime to develop my skill set.
[DYD] What's your favourite thing to do outside of making art?
[NB] Exploring new things/places. Before painting was my passion, travel was something I really wanted to do. I have also been a background artist i.e. an extra a few times for TV shows, it’s something I never had an interest in doing but the process fascinated me and I’ve met some great like-minded people because of it.
To see Nasima Bibi's work in person visit our group exhibition LIFTED'17 from November 1 - December 12, 2017 at the Genesis Cinema Gallery Space which features artwork from the other competition winners Iris Legendre and Mica McDonald. Click here for more details about the exhibition or visit Nasima's website to see more of her artwork.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren was born in London, but grew up in Canada where she received her degrees with distinction in Fine Arts and Education. Now she's back, she continues her work in creative arts by making art and teaching it, while developing opportunities for early career artists by creating and running the online platform Dark Yellow Dot.