The wonderful and very imaginary paintings from Rikke Bhathena are mainly made with oil paint on canvas and mixed media backgrounds and portraits her life by the sea.
Most of the work is based on an exploration of the representation of an image through painting. The process commences with a selection of a portrait from photos. The underwater portraits the exploration is focussed on the relationship with the surroundings/ background.
The visual presentation is influenced by a conscious knowledge of the effect of the ever changing moment, which forms fragments of memory and imagination. This means that the images are usually the starting point, which is evolved through an interaction with a background that creates layers, this creates new pictures and meanings between the two.
Rikke Bhathena, who is an experienced art practitioner and teacher, lives by the sea north of Copenhagen and has lived in England for many years also by the sea.