Riding the Written & Untitled IV by Shahzia Sikander

These two works reflect the concerns of the artist.


Screenprint, pigment & teawash on wasli
1) 37 x 25.5 cm. 2) 12 x 15.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£225 ( Total: £900)
Acquired in:
Shahzia Sikander

In 'Riding the Written' minute horses thunder off the sheet on to the moody indigo borders. On closer examination there is great animation, indeed chaos, in the little figures. Some of them seem to be truncated, the heads separated from the bodies. They recall moments of great historical upheaval - Mongol raids perhaps, or the tragic Partition of 1947. In the second work, Untitled IV, a birdlike motif appears in the right-hand corner. A number of such motifs can be seen on ceramic dishes from Iran, usually meant to incorporate a quotation, either sacred or secular. Here it is aloof, enigmatic, heraldic, and self-contained.

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Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Lister Park, West Yorkshire, BD9 4NS, Bradford West Yorkshire BD9 4NS 01274 431 212 www.bradfordmuseums.org/

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