War Rug with Love 2
Natural pigment and ink on wasli
A Visual Artist, Nida Bangash was born in Iran and brought up in Pakistan. She is trained in the traditions of Persian and South Asian miniature painting and experienced in employing these techniques in contemporary art. Her previous studies explored themes from abstraction: deconstruction or reconstruction; to the political: cultural or social; and from the ephemeral: subjective or objective; to the structural: substantial or permanent.
The complexity and diversity of Bangash’s identity shapes her art practice and her understanding of the world. Her roots in cultures with their rich history of sharing and influencing one another, in particular miniature painting (during the Mughal era), has exposed her to diverse worlds of pattern. Pattern sits at the centre of Bangash’s art practice. Her works use the language of patterns as a means of weaving together the complexities of her cross-cultural experiences.
Her recent body of work entitled War Rugs with Love, part of which is the The Tree of Life Series, puts forth two fold realities and binary forces breathing in and out - War and Love.
Living and working in Dallas, TX, Bangash holds a BFA and MA(Hons.) Visual Arts degree from National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan where she received the Haji Shareef Award for excellence in Miniature Painting. She has also been awarded the Charles Wallas Scholarship in 2010 to study at PSTA, London. Bangash has been researching, teaching and exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally and has participated in numerous residencies.
Image Courtesy | Nida Bangash