Exhibition on view from March 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
About Artist Tajreen Akter
I am an intimist.
I focus on my surroundings, in my studio or at home. I create still lifes from things that I use
every day and that I am intimate with. At first, I worked with fewer objects, but gradually I started adding more and more still life objects to create a more complex formal structure. Color, space, and composition are my priorities in selecting a subject. I make two kinds of still lifes: paintings from found compositions of objects that have made their way into my studio, and carefully composed still lifes generated by what I have discovered in the less formal paintings. The format is multiple, small panels. Added panels are part of my experiments with human visual experience. I add panels as needed for the visual game in my painting. For my subject matter, which is the intimate still life, I think small panels are more appropriate. The process helped me discover human perceptual illusion which added a new dimension to my work. I observe and paint the commonplace. As an artist, my goal is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. The compositions I work with can sometimes carry a story, but sometimes they are simply a way of presenting a moment. In either case I am more open to and interested in a viewer’s stories than my own interpretations. The decisions I make are primarily formal and intuitive.