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The illustrated page (edition #2)



Shahzia Sikander

Pakistan, United States of America

1969 -

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

United States of America

1977 -


Born 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander is an acclaimed younger painter who lives in New York City. She has exhibited widely, including with her own show which was on at the MCA in Sydney from November 2007 to February 2008. Sikander was schooled in the miniature painting tradition of Pakistan, and combines the historic iconography and technique with her own aesthetics. 'The illustrated page' is one of two works created by the artist during a residency with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. The work takes the form of two extraordinarily large 'pages' presented side by side, like an open book, in a single frame. The artist plays around both with the format and size of traditional Persian miniature painting, as well as with her own idiosyncratic form of abstraction which involves in her words, 'the extraction of details', whereby she gradually removes the figures and narrative elements that would be found in traditional miniatures. The cluster of deers on the right page relates to a 'composite' deer with four bodies found in the collection of the Indian Museum, Calcutta.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2008.


Place where the work was made

Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America



Media categories

Painting , Watercolour

Materials used

gouache, gold leaf, silk-screen


168.0 x 207.0 x 14.4 cm


Purchased with funds provided by the VisAsia Dinner Fund to commemorate the ‘Arts of Islam' exhibition and the Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2008

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Artist information

Shahzia Sikander

Works in the collection


Artist information

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 1 publication


Rachel Kent, Shahzia Sikander, ''Intimate immensity': Shahzia Sikander's multi-dimensional art', pgs. 10-23., Sydney, 2007, 21-22; 112. This work is included in exhibition checklist.