A monochromatic image of clouds floats beneath an overlaid floral pattern, as if viewed through a decorative screen. This is a double-layered image combined to form a composite picture. Henna Nadeem uses found photographs which she hand-cuts into intricate motifs, and superimposes them over images from books, calendars and magazines. Motifs derive from Islamic and Asian decorative patterns, some of which she magnifies or alters.
By re-interpreting images from discarded ephemera, Nadeem creates imaginary landscapes. Growing up in rural Yorkshire, she cites an uneasy relationship with nature as an early influence on her work. Combined with childhood memories of horror movies, her images evoke fairytale forests and landscapes.
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