"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 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