Empire Follows Art: States of Agitation 11

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Shazia Sikander has described the theme of the series to which this drawing belongs as “a state of struggle, of being caught variously between monetizing worlds, vocabularies, competing cultures and histories.”


In this drawing, Pakistani-born artist Shazia Sikander innovatively combines the artistic traditions of her native country with expressionistic brushwork related to her Western training. Sikander studied miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore and the influence of this work is visible in digitally printed images of her own creation depicting a figure and animals throughout this sheet. The artist painted over them with dense layers of watercolor, evoking the dualities and divisions of her own identity.
Empire Follows Art: States of Agitation 11

Empire Follows Art: States of Agitation 11


Shahzia Sikander

(Pakistani American, b. 1969)

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