“caratart Episode 2” is the first time the 18-year-old (*1994 in Iraq) Razan Bahadin is taking part in an art exhibition. She describes her art as follows:
“The style that my art is created in is called Trash Pop. My way of working includes gestural elements and scribbles. Mostly, canvas and acrylic paints are used for the production of pictures. But the use of different materials such as sheet metal or wrapping paper is also quite common and serves to underline that “trashy look”. Elements of street art are also featured in some of my works through the use of stencils.
Generally, with my art I intend to turn something into ridicule that our society has declared to be bad or nasty and thus try to turn that meaning completely around. For this reason, e.g. the topic of death plays an important role. However, none of my pictures are supposed to create an aura of doom, at least not for long, because once you have identified the irony that is part of almost all my work it becomes easy to see beyond the supposedly “bad things”.
It is my motivation to relax and to open up the observer – and thus my fellow human beings – by approaching them openly through my pictures. I don’t want to show to my fellow men how the world is, but how you can see it, namely in a positive and slightly sarcastic manner. Furthermore, by looking at my works the observer is supposed to learn something about me and my thinking and thus to communicate with me. I can express my feelings and thoughts much better and much more diverse through painting. Moreover, in my opinion, this way it is much easier to get the prolonged attention of your fellow human beings for a specific topic, as the observer doesn’t have to listen to you. He can observe the painting, get immersed in it and think about what the artist might have intended to say, which might be much more relaxed for him than listening to me.“
A selection of artworks by Razan Bahadin can be found here >>
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