Reeta Saeed has been working as an independent artist since 2001. Her practices involve traditional miniature painting from subcontinent to the de-construction of textiles materials. Furthermore, she has worked with both techniques combined by painting nudes in the miniature style of painting and stitching them inside de-constructed/scrim thin cotton fabrics. Saeed also creates pockets with thin symbolic flags in canvas, which are used to hide paintings in a way that some of its parts are revealed and others are hidden. While staying in London, Reeta Saeed created a series of large scale deconstructed British and English flags titled Out of Curiosity which were later exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Arts/MOCCA and at Harbourfront Centre for Arts along with South Asia Calling Festival Toronto. Her miniature paintings with scrims were shown at Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum, Academy of Arts Honolulu, Fridericianum Museum Kassel and Apex Art NYC. She has recently participated at OrganHaus Artist Residency in China and was a resident artist at Omi International Residency.
While at her Swing Space residency, Saeed is interested in creating a new body of work in miniature painting. It will reflect the historical, beautiful, and peaceful environment of the Island within an urban landspace.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist