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Original Work by Azzah Sultan
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    Hand stitched batik fabric, acrylic paint on canvas, 49 x 24 in. each (124.5 x 61.0 cm.), 2020. 

    Curators Notes: Hung above eye level, the three figures in the series Meliplat preside over the gallery space wearing their finest regalia. Rich in patterned batik textiles with faces obscured, the identity of each is defined only by the clothes they wear. “I decided I'm going to show the body,” the artist explains, “but I'm going to remove myself entirely so you have no way at all to talk about my body.”

    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