"Riding the Ridden" (2000)

"Riding the Ridden," 2000
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea, on hand prepared Wasli paper, 8 x 5 1/2 inches
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"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