Roots and wings How Shahzia Sikander became an artist

Shahzia Sikander, 1969-

Book - 2021

"Growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahzia flew kites, ate fruit from jamun trees, and devoured Russian fairy tales, American Westerns, and Bollywood films. She also read poetry in Urdu, her own language, and learned the slow and detailed painting technique of Indo-Persian miniatures. And when she moved far from home to study art, she brought her roots with her. Roots and Wings is a deeply personal story about how an artist grows. It is based on the childhood of Shahzia Sikander, one of the m...ost exciting and celebrated artists working today"--Back cover.

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New York, NY : The Museum of Modern Art [2021]
Physical Description
34 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 31 cm
Main Author
Shahzia Sikander, 1969- (author)
Other Authors
Amy Novesky (author), Hanna Barczyk (illustrator)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Pakistani-American artist and acknowledged tomboy Shahzia Sikander describes how her upbringing and education in a multigenerational, multicultural home in Lahore, Pakistan, inspired her career and achievements as an artist. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander recounts how growing up as a tomboy in a multicultural home in Pakistan inspired her to become an artist Growing up in a multigenerational, multicultural home in Lahore, Pakistan, where her family’s Muslim traditions are filled with food and rituals, Shahzia is surrounded by stories of all kinds. At the Catholic school she attends, she studies Western literature, and at home, her father regales her and her siblings with fantastical tales from a Russian storybook on animals. Shahzia’s love for books leads to a fascination with illustrations, like the ones she sees in illuminated manuscripts and South Asian miniature portraits, and she discovers a talent for drawing. Through art, Shahzia is able to create the different worlds she reads about, using her imagination to take her beyond the walls of the home she grows up in. Written by artist Shahzia Sikander with award-winning author Amy Novesky, and featuring artwork, Roots and Wings is a colorful introduction to a multicultural perspective that will inspire young readers to use art and imagination to explore new worlds.