Meng Ni Beh’s inspiration comes from familiar surroundings and she is particularly drawn to the ephemeral nature of the everyday - shadows made by the early morning sun, or the shapes of London plane trees in winter.
Recent work on gender statistics has inspired her to use big data analytics as a basis for new work. It allows her to connect with her interest in working on complex challenges, and the multifaceted nature of big data sparks new creative thinking and ideas.
The work on show at the Nesta Gallery is a series of mixed media paintings created in the last two years. Each painting evolves through a series of complex processes, starting with acrylic painting on paper followed by a transformation process into 3D objects and then back again into 2D, using photography and painting on iPad.
Whilst each piece of work deals with a distinct subject, the major thread running through the work is to create a space that allows viewers to contemplate and orientate, based on their own experiences and responses.