Updated: Mar 1, 2022
This artwork is an example of a collaboration between two female artists, Shahzia Sikander and Donnamaria Bruton. Born and raised in Pakistan, Sikander brings painting traditions from South and Central Asia into dialogue with contemporary practices, interrogating themes of cultural identity, racial narratives, colonial and postcolonial histories, and issues of gender and sexuality. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bruton combines “loose, free-flowing style” with a sense of realism in order to interrogate deeper memories and concepts.
In this collaboration, the painters, both women of color, shared concerns about the white art world and patriarchal societies. “This monstrous family-like grouping may reflect the malicious societal attitudes towards accomplished, ambitious women.”
Find this painting and many others by Sikander at the Morgan Museum and Library in Manhattan!