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Anita Chowdry M.A. Art & Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London, 2011 - 2013
Bahari Visiting Fellow in Persian Arts of the Book, Bodleian Libraries,
University of Oxford, 2016 - 2017
Islamic and Indian Art History Tutor, City Literary Institute, London
I am a polymath artist with a broad range of related interests and a wide skills base. I am interested in our material history and how this has shaped the physical and ideological landscape that we inhabit today. My intention is to create synergies with process, principle and context. I work in two and three dimensions using a variety of media and techniques, including metalwork, printmaking, drawing, paper engineering and surface design.
My principle areas of focus are:
Mathematics, geometry, and designs found in natural phenomena.
I am interested in how classical mathematics and geometry have defined our aesthetic sensibilities, underpinning architecture and the decorative arts. Combined with interpretations of natural forms, mathematics has been the foundation of some of the most enduring design vocabularies, such as those that define Islamic art. I am interested in how these foundations have been expanded by technological developments and new understandings of natural geometry, and the resulting evolution of how we percieve the world we inhabit.
Colour, pigments, alchemy and chemistry.
I have long term research interests in the book arts in Western Asia and the Indian Subcontinent and the preparation and use of pigments derived from mineral and organic sources. More recently I have been researching the significance of pigment substances in relation to philosophy, medicine, and chemistry.
As well as continually learning and developing my own practice, I offer professional development lectures, workshops and tutorials in pigment preparation, drawing and manuscript illumination.
In my BLOG you can find a range of articles about the subjects that feed into my creative practice..