"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 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