I remember the long walks I used to take on my way back home from work. The entire time, all I could think about was making artistic objects. I missed gazing into things the way I used to or finding myself surrounded by nature. That feeling helped me to reach a stage where I could almost hear the distinctive sounds of the woods. Then one day I found a term for it on the internet, called “psithurism”. It means the sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. I realized I was just creating my own version of that.
I return to the drawing board only when I feel like escaping. The amount of time I invest on each of them never feel like a waste even though I have to step aside from all of the regular activities for a good amount of time. All of the objects and textures that I use in my art are mostly influenced by the nature that I noticed, found, experienced or even perceived in my mind. The limitations that I face during the process are actually essential in turning them into an artwork. I always try to emphasize on the textures and details that are found in nature which make them one of a kind, not to mention, also incorporates its depth and sense of mystery. The whole point was to convey my thoughts through a form without explanations while making it worth something.
But the truth is I have been injecting stories in them. Short stories, where they can be stand-alone by themselves, and at the same time also become a part of a big picture when combined. While each of my artworks tells a different story, somehow they always end up landing in some sanctuary like places.
My focus rarely lies on exploring new kinds of drawing techniques every other day. If I find myself caught up by ideas of any kind, I have to start working on that and get things on the board with what I have even if it is a piece of scrap paper made out of an inside out shopping bag. I enjoy the stress while I am in the process and it also feels good to reach there until something else takes over which of course makes me want to do more.
You never really can see yourself until a surface projects a reflection. I believe my artworks are a reflection of me in a way that I want them to be.
More works from Imran: Laminated Artifacts
About the Artist:
Graduated from American International University Bangladesh in 2016. His graduation thesis was on the Atghar Kuriana Floating Market, concerning the well-known floating guava market in Pirojpur, in southern region of Bangladesh.