Fata Morgana

‘Fata Morgana’ – Rokeya Sultana’s expression of superior mirage

A 26-day solo art exhibition titled ‘Fata Morgana’ by noted artist Rokeya Sultana is going on at the Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan-1 at present. The exhibition is open to all from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and will conclude on June 11.

A total of 40 abstract and semi-abstract artworks of Rokeya Sultana are on display in the show.

All the pieces are done in woodcut and unique pressure point technique of print making. The artist recently conducted a workshop with a fellow American print maker, showing the same technique that she has on display now. The process is often painstaking and involve many different phase that includes presses producing one impression at a time, thus resulting in beautiful prints with depth and dimension. This evolving blend of traditional and non-traditional printing is the perfect complement to the artists’ work.

Multi layer prints with different colours and form overlapping one after another depicts a unique form of language that has been executed with finesse by the artist. From softer hue to darker ones, the combination is very appealing in design and contemplates a subtle kind of agony that the artist has named “Fata Morgana.” It’s a new rendition of connotation that has been intentionally hidden in an almost unrecognizable way with forms and colours. The objects are delusional reducing its significant detail in distortion. “Fata Morgana” that roughly stands asa mirage consisting of multiple images,can be seen on land or at sea, in Polar Regions or in deserts. “The maroon bells,” “The leaving ocean,” “Prelude to space” are some noteworthy works of the artist. The space created in the composition is well managed and is complementary with the coloured forms emerging from it.

Born in 1958 at Chittagong, Rokeya Sultana completed her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Visva-Bharati University in 1983. She, so far, has arranged a total of 11 solo exhibitions and many group art shows. She is now the departmental head of print making in Dhaka University.

In 1995, Rokeya received ‘Grand Prize’ from Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, “Bengal Foundation Award” from 14th National Fine Arts Exhibition of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1999, prestigious “Honorary Award” from 9th Asian Art Biennial, “Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award” in 2002, a French scholarship in 2003 and many other awards at home and abroad.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the US Ambassador in Bangladesh, Dan W Mozena as the chief guest, on May 17.

The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was also graced by theatre personality Mamunur Rashid as special guest, while writer Matia Banu Shuku and theatre activist Kazi Toufikul Islam Emon spoke on the occasion.

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