Ksenia// For the final project of my third year I created a collection of imaginary fish, inspired by the Middle Eastern culture. The biggest influence on my work was made by the research of Persian miniatures. They are small painting on paper, whether a book illustration or a separate work of art intended to be kept in an album of such works called a Muraqqa. There is also a parallel style of non-figurative ornamental decoration, which was found in borders and panels in miniature, pages and spaces at the start or end of work or section. (In Islamic art it is referred to as “Illumination”.)

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I was fascinated by all the layouts, colours, patterns and all the creatures. Straight away I wanted to combine all these elements together, and interpret them in my own style. I have used acrylic paints for this project and experimented a lot with pattern making.

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