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Mak, don't talk like that

Original Work by Azzah Sultan
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm.)
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    Oil paint and hand stitched fabric with found pearls on canvas, 2022.

    Curator’s notes: This panel is from a series depicting a Malaysian folktale that begins when a mother finds a fish containing precious roe in a nearby river. She commands her daughter to save her a portion of roe, but when the mother returns home her share has been eaten by her son. Feeling betrayed, the mother drowns herself. A tale meant to instruct children to obey their parents, it is reinterpreted in Sultan’s hands as sympathetic to the daughter, who does nothing wrong, yet is forced to take care of her disobedient brother after her mother’s tragic death. This panel depicts one scene in the story, in which the daughter comforts her mother after she has discovered the missing roe. 

    Meet the Artist

    Azzah Sultan

    Azzah Sultan received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA at Washington State University. Born in Abu Dhabi, Azzah is a Malaysian native who grew up in Malaysia, Saudi, Finland, Bahrain and has spent several years living in America working on her artistic practice. Currently Azzah is based in New York City.

    Azzahs's recent exhibition included two solo shows with Trotter&Sholer (2020 and 2022). She was awarded back to back residencies with Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York and has exhibited her work at The New School, Parsons Paris Gallery, S.A.D. Gallery, The Bushwick Collective, BUFU Studios, The Ely Center, Sotheby’s Institute, Blackfish Gallery, Chase Gallery, Terrain 12, KMAC Gallery. Azzah was a panelist for Muslim Women Reclaim Their Identities at Amherst College, MA and a guest lecturer at Chautauqua Institution, NY. Before starting her masters she worked as a graphic designer at the Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her work strives to transcend the fallacy that Muslim women are oppressed by the nature of their religious customs. Her work also speaks on the issues about navigating her identity through culture and immigration. 

    Azzah is represented by Trotter&Sholer in New York.


    Azzah Sultan