"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 Hindu aspect is very sensual, very expressionistic, very gestural, very much about the representational aspect of expression. The Muslim is simplified, very abstracted, and a very minimal aesthetic. Very much like the two poles of abstraction and representation. So there is this kind of conceptual connection where I was interested in breaking down and defining what is representational and what is not representational, what is abstract and what isn’t. I consider a lot of the miniatures as extreme abstractions because they’re extremely stylized."
- Shahzia Sikander