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Criticism paper - Stephenie Lai ARTS 2050 Shahzia Sikanders...

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Stephenie Lai October 28, 2008 ARTS 2050 Shahzia Sikander’s Pleasure Pillars Shahzia Sikander was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1969. She received her undergraduate degree in fine arts from the National College of Arts in Lahore. Later on, she moved to the United States where she attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received her master’s degree. When she graduated with her master’s degree, Sikander struggled with many identity issues. How could she convey the ideas of a progressive, independent, freethinking, educated, traveled, Pakistani woman in Rhode Island? Sikander specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting, which is highly stylized and disciplined. She blends an eastern focus on precision and methodology with a western emphasis on creative and subjective expressions. In addition to her mix of Eastern and Western influences, Sikander also combined imagery from both Hindu and Muslim beliefs. However, Sikander did not just limit herself to miniature paintings. She also created murals and installations. Her work was highly revered in Pakistan. She received the honorary artist award from the Pakistan Ministry of Culture and National Council of the Arts. In 2001, Sikander created a piece of art named Pleasure Pillars . It was created with watercolor, dry pigment, vegetable color, tea and ink on wasil paper. The painting consists of several figures of different women. There are two in the middle with four at each corner. The painting consists mostly of warm colors. However, there are some hint of cool colors, such as blues and greens. Most of the colors are dark, as well. The only
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bright object that stands out is the bird or supernatural being, which is joining the two bodies together. Her artwork is very symmetrical. There are two women in the middle with two women on either side. Even the way the women’s arms are facing is symmetrical. While one woman has her arms facing inward, the other has her arms
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