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I was very, very quiet. I was always a loner, hardly spoke, and I was quite a nerd in school. So I was an outsider always. ---->>>

In the end, the gesture of painting becomes almost meditative, like a ritual. ---->>>

For me, drawing is a way of navigating the imagination, and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice. Drawing allows me to be at my most inventive.

For me, drawing is a way of navigating the imagination, and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice. Drawing allows me to be at my most inventive.

When I first arrived in Houston, I was fascinated with the elaborate styles of cowboy boots and thought they were incredibly exotic. They also seemed to be a central part of a specifically 'Texan' identity, one distinct from being 'American.' ---->>>

I like driving. A lot. I think that's something I just enjoy the most. I can, at a moment's notice, drive across the country if, you know, I had to. ---->>>

Not to be boxed in, to be able to transcend boundaries: for an artist, it's essential. ---->>>

For me, I always feel that I'm not sure what's going to happen next year or what's going to happen the year after or what's in the future. So I really kind of just focus on the project at hand and try to do the best that I can. And that, for me, is as much as I can control. ---->>>

I don't really listen to music when I work. I really have to focus on one thing at a time. I like a lot of quiet and peace when I'm working or when I'm thinking or when I'm reading. ---->>>

My whole purpose of taking on miniature painting was to break the tradition, to experiment with it, to find new ways of making meaning, to question the relevance of it. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Pakistani
Born: 06-21, 1969
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
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Occupation: Artist

Shahzia Sikander (born 1969, in Lahore, Pakistan) is a Pakistani artist who works in drawing, painting, animation, large-scale installation, performance and video, on an international stage. Sikander has held solo exhibitions throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong (wikipedia)