Shahzia Sikander

Drawings from Pakistan

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Friday 01 February 2008. Tuesday 27 November 2007 to Sunday 17 February 2008.

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This summer, discover the eloquent and intricately beautiful paintings and watercolours of Shahzia Sikander.

Born in Pakistan, Sikander studied painting in the Indo- Persian miniaturist tradition before relocating to New York in 1993, where further studies saw her develop a distinctive iconography referencing history, mythology and popular culture.

Sikander’s work is characterised by its precision of line and delicacy of touch: from tightly structured miniature paintings to larger, more loosely formed watercolours in which pigments stain and bleed into one another. Historical tradition meets contemporary interpretation, incorporating both figurative and abstract elements.

Since 2001 Sikander has also worked with digital animation, setting her miniatures into motion. Images break apart and reform in new hybrid permutations, while sound adds a further dimension.

The artist will create a major site-specific work on the gallery wall as part of her MCA exhibition.