"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"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