Ready to Leave, 1997

Transparent and opaque watercolor, tea water, and graphite on marbled paper

Prolonged Exposure to Agitation, 2009

Ink on gouache on prepared paper

The Scroll, 1991-1992

Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea on hand-prepared Wasli paper

Chaman, 2000

Mixed media

<div id="image-artist-name-line" class="caption-line"><a href="/artists/shahzia-sikander">Shahzia Sikander</a></div><br />"Hood's Red Rider #2" (1997)

Hood’s Red Rider #2, 1997

Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea on hand-prepared Wasli paper

The use of vivid and bright colors in Sikander’s pieces really makes her artwork pop and gives her a signature . In the context of the theme of memory, Sikander combines mixed elements to create abstractions of coherent images, which is how memories can often be described. Her pieces also create that dreamlike state that occurs when memories are invoked. The randomness Sikander’s works are analogous to the randomness of scenarios that can make up memories, but enough of the original story/memory (to the person whom it belongs) is preserved to make sense of it.

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