These reflective, playful letterpress works by Mianam Bashir can be found on Angel Hill, in the Abbey Gardens and Sensory Garden.
Mianam Bashir explores the meaning of language in line with sociologist Alvin Gouldner’s statement that “context is everything”. As a daughter of Pakistani and German parents, Bashir became aware of the barriers that language creates, unable to understand conversations between family members in Urdu and German. As the Director of Leicester Print Workshop, Bashir was introduced to printmaking and through an Arts Council DYCP grant she was able to deepen her understanding of the art form’s history and cultural relevance. Bashir makes connections between her personal experience of language, being diagnosed on the Autistic spectrum late in life, and the specific technical requirements and possibilities of letterpress, to both celebrate and critique the way we use language today.
Her recent collaborative project with Emma Powell, at The Hepworth, Wakefield, was part of DASH’s national programme We are Invisible We are Visible. Bashir and Powell created THIS IS NOT A PIPE I-V; a series of interventions that explored the language used in contemporary art interpretation.
I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.