Roots and Wings

How Shahzia Sikander Became an Artist



ISBN: 9781633450356 Category:

Shahzia Sikander, Amy Novesky


Young Shahzia lives in a multigenerational, multicultural home in Lahore, Pakistan. She sees bustling crowds and vibrant energy everywhere she looks. She enjoys the food, rituals, and love of her large extended family’s Muslim traditions while soaking up the world around her through Russian fairy tales, American Westerns, and Bollywood films. She also reads poetry in Urdu, her own language, and learns the slow and detailed painting technique of Indo-Persian miniatures. Her art takes her around the world, and she brings 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 most exciting and celebrated artists working today.

Additional information

Weight 462 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 30.6 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 22 July 2021
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 30.6 cm
Weight 462 g


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Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969) is a Pakistani-born and internationally recognized artist whose work is in the collections of major museums around the world. She lives in New York. Amy Novesky is a children's book editor and author who lives just north of San Francisco. Hanna Barczyk is a widely published illustrator who lives in New York and Toronto.