Sikander engages in themes relating to the exploration of cultural and political boundaries through different media such as video, murals and animation to produce her multi-layered compositions. Sikander states, “I’m interested in taking a form, breaking it apart, and then rebuilding it. It is about transformation for me — whether it is the transformation of an image or a mark or a symbol or if it’s a transformation of a genre or transformation of a medium – but it is a very core notion that I think stabilizes my practice.”(S. Sikander, ART21, ‘Shahzia Sikander: The Last Post’, http://magazine.art21.org/2013/01/25/exclusive-shahzia-sikander-the-last-post/#.W4vnWS2ZN24).
This work on paper, from her Pathology of Suspension series, is an example of Sikander’s process of exploration as her art evolved from the academic miniature tradition. The artist’s characteristic layering and interlacing of subjects results in winged and spectral forms, which gain new significance amidst a tumble of layered interpretations of flora and fauna. These are rendered in various rates of opacity, concealing all notions of identity and gender.
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