8/4/17 "What does an image mean when it's unhinged from it's own representation." Shahzia Sikander Shahzia Sikander is a contemporary artist who's voice seems poignant and relevant. This statement is from an interviews with her that I recently listened to. I resonated with it because it made me consider more deeply the meaning of things in relation to their framework. As I'm learning more I feel a deeply engaged with the scope, diversity and detail of her work. She has a diverse way of creating connection between ideas and motifs by "unhinging" them from their original constructs and thus perhaps offering the viewer new insights using historical information. I came to learn about the artist via two new installations at Princeton University. "Ecstasy as Sublime, Heart as Vector". A towering 60'mosaic of glass,ceramic and marble. The colors and small unique pieces come together to create a story that left me contemplating many things. One of which was how someone who was originally trained in Indo-Persian miniature painting has built on that experience to create pieces like these. The other installation"Quintuplet Effect" tells a visual story through layers of painted and etched glass framed in steel quadrants. There's a gentleness for me as the light comes through the artwork even though some of the drawing and gestures seem to be mystifying and serious. To learn more click here! Ms. Sikander has an interesting background. There's a lot more to her work as an artist than what I could convey in a "short" blog post. I hope you are intrigued to find out more and perhaps see one of her installations in person.