Primarily trained as a miniature painter, Tazeen continues to explore new materials and processes through mediums such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allow her to create artworks that are visually complex and offer a multi-layered understanding of material and techniques used.
Drawing from complex issues of belonging and displacement within a socio-political and religious context, her art is a way for her to navigate identity and beliefs living in the diaspora.
She takes pleasure in combining beauty with the grotesque, and discomfort with humour. In this regard, the socially rejected household pest, the cockroach, often takes centre stage as a painted motif in her work. Generally branded for abjection and repulsion, with some redeeming qualities of resilience and survival, a cockroach motif serves as a social commentary on how, in today’s war-driven environment, the value of a human life is reduced to that of a pest – an insect; yet it also narrates everyday human stories of resilience and triumph over adversities.