"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"The early works were primarily drawn out of memory and were very different from miniatures- much looser, abstract, gestural. And then there was a desire to provide order, a structure to that. And that’s when I started experimenting with breaking the surfaces of these very precisely painted images. Everything would have its place, every little thing, and then I would go and break the borders. Images fall from within and to the borders, and there's lots of drawing done on top."
- Shahzia Sikander