Melipat, from the Anak Dara series, canvas, batik fabric, acrylic paint

This week we welcome Azzah Sultan. Sultan is an interdisciplinary Malaysian native artist currently based in New York. Sultan moved to the U.S. roughly a decade ago to pursue her career as an artist. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a bachelor’s fine arts and received her master’s in fine arts from Washington State University.

Melipat, detail from left panel

“Rediscovery of my culture, exploration of craft, intergenerational connections, distortion of archival footage and digital reframing of mixed media — these are all factors in my practice.

Conference of the Birds, oil on canvas,  40×60 inches, 2021

I gravitate toward past experiences, frustrations and the unknown. The painting titled “You’re unreliable, you couldn’t save some for me?” is from my series “Batu Belah, Batu Bertangkup: The Devouring Rock,” where I explore and reinterpret the Malaysian folktale by the same name.

You’re unreliable, you couldn’t save some for me?, oil on canvas, 2022

This body of work navigates ideas of domesticity and prescribed roles of mother and daughter within families and marriage.”

See more of Sultan’s work on her website.

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