"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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