"Hood's Red Rider #2" (1997)

"Hood's Red Rider #2," 1997
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea on hand-prepared Wasli paper, 10 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"The structure was built around narrative. The narrative utilized language which might resemble miniature, but when you came and looked at it closely it had nothing to do with old paintings. There is nothing being copied or borrowed. It was all coming from my own sort of diary of developing forms and giving meaning to them, and meaning actually emerges by usage...For instance, with 'Hood’s Red Rider,' I did a series with children’s tales such as 'Little Red Riding Hood'..."

- Shahzia Sikander