Shahzia Sikander creates her art through a meditative process that respects her Pakistani cultural traditions. Each miniature painting takes her three to four years to create, and she incorporates Hindu texts that bring her work to another level. Her larger works of art are multilayered and hung as such, as if each work is behind veils- allowing her audience to never underestimate what is under the veil.
Sikander focuses on the process of her work and spends long periods of time on each piece, carefully planning and adding detail. She uses tea stains along with her paint through her mindful process of creating art.
In the classroom:
In the classroom, Sikander's work can be inspiration for the incorporation of layered pieces and text. Her focus on process is also a valuable element to her art, and different processes can be given as examples in the classroom so students will be exposed to multiple perspectives and techniques for their art. Different pieces of art can be approached in a variety of ways, and Sikander's work brings attention to this matter.