She has a BA in Illustration from Plymouth College of Art and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University.
Begum's work focuses on female and marginalised voices. Her style is inspired by Islamic miniatures and Surrealism.
Mongrel, Begum’s debut graphic novel, started life during her time at Falmouth and was at the centre of her creative practice until its completion in February 2020.
Mongrel will be published by Knockabout Comics in Autumn 2020 and is supported by Arts Council England.
In Mongrel, Begum has recreated her childhood memories from her Islamic, British-Bangla upbringing. She weaves in and out of memories reflecting on relationships, traditions and society until she starts mirroring the present day where she is faced with the most agonising part of her journey so far.
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