"Perilous Order" (1994-1997)

"Perilous Order," 1994-1997
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea on hand-prepared Wasli paper, 10 1/2 x 8 inches
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"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