Rashidah Salam

Mystical

Mystical, Acrylic on canvas, 24" (H) x 72" (L). Private Collection.

 

The four panels have prolonged without interruption; unceasing and unbroken series of millions of original patterns. The changes of the colors in the patterns are derived by the events and the illusion of space which I have created in my garden for you to explore. There are three 'heart' shapes in the panels mounted between the flowers. 

 

The entire four-panel painting is inspired by the East, Taj Mahal, Persian manuscript and English Medieval. I’ve always been interested in the simplicity but yet intricacy of the complex Arabesque patterns, adding my own twist of culture and tradition into pattern design.

The painting design compositions are always started unplanned but end up looking like my version of Batik patterns.

 

Cherry Moon

Cherry Moon, Acrylic on canvas, 36” (H) x 48” (L), 2018. Private Collection.

Terrence, Acrylic on canvas, 24" (H) x 54" (L)
Terrence

Terrence, Acrylic on canvas, 24" (H) x 54" (L)

 

I wanted my audience to feel as if they are part of the flora and could be able to feel the grandeur and solemnness of being in the Garden of Eden. I wanted to bring the tropical experience and the wilderness into the gallery.

I’ve always been interested in the simplicity but yet intricacy of the complex Arabesque patterns, adding my own twist of culture and tradition into pattern design. My method of designing the patterns are based on the vibe, mood and the timeline that I want to recreate in my painting. The inspirations come from every form of media and bits of culture that I’ve come upon. I then rewrite the piece by creating my own painting design composition. I normally draw a basic grid structure as a baseline of my pattern. From there I will develop a free-handed and free style pattern transformation and metamorphosis to tie the patterns and the colors. The pattern designs and the colors are usually endless and infinite. This is why my work are normally in modular form.

 

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Matahari
Matahari

Matahari, 20” (H) x 48” (L), Acrylic on canvas

 

Just stay in silence, listening to the sounds of pheasants, crickets, birds, and owls… rustling of leaves in the trees on a breezy night and during the day time. Drawing water from the well, bucket by bucket, watching the dragonflies and butterflies singing, and the Venus Fly Trap plants in action eating. 

Memorial Wreath Lavender Belt

Memorial Wreath Purple Belt24” Diameter. Private Collection

31pieces Bougainvillea flowers petals are fastened as a wreath on a belt.

Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden, Acrylic on canvas, 24” (H) x 36” (L). Private Collection

The two-panel painting combined the relief and embellished puffed leaves and cut-out buttons made of stacked thin fabrics glued on the original prints and patterns.

Roosters
Memorial Wreath Mocha Belt