Catching the Light: In Conversation with Rana Begum

Rana Begum RA (b. 1977) is best known for her explorations of colour, light and transience. Through Minimalist abstractions, she blurs the boundaries between mediums. Such pieces include No. 1104 Catching Colour (2022), which suspends colourful mesh in the air to look like delicate clouds, and No. 1225 Chainlink (2023), a golden, interlinking fence that catches the Coachella Valley sunshine as part of Desert X. Now, three new pieces respond to portraits from famous British painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), reflecting on his enduring relevance to contemporary art. Begum’s latest works come to The Box, Plymouth, as part of Reframing Reynolds, an exhibition re-evaluating his influence within a global context whilst highlighting themes such as image, identity and his West Country roots. This is accompanied by Begum’s touring show Dappled Light. Here, the artist takes attendees on a sensorial and temporal journey – exploring perceptions of colour and form through installations, paintings and film.

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