Pakistani and American, b.1969
Opaque watercolor and tea on Wasili paper
Sheet: 22.7 x 18.9 cm (8 15/16 x 7 7/16 inches)
Paula and Leonard Granoff Fund 2003.46
After studying traditional miniature painting at the National College of Art in Lahore, Pakistan, her hometown, Shahzia Sikander came to RISD for graduate studies. Within two years of her graduation, her work gained the attention of the New York art world and has since been exhibited inter-nationally. Combining traditions of East and West in subject matter, style, and materials, she creates open-ended narratives that explore contemporary experience. In Web, highly detailed hunting scenes refer to Indo-Persian miniatures, while a loosely described container/purse of three parts dominates the composition. The delicate web offers a layer of complexity both formally and metaphorically, connecting the contemporary elements in the drawing such as the planes and towers. The drawing seems to reference the instability of a post-9/11 world.