Nilima Sheikh’s new work includes small format tempera pictures, larger works on laminated Nepali and Sanganeri paper, and large seven foot scrolls. While using traditional methods, she has presented both contemporary experience as well as older texts, some reinterpreted in the present context. Her visual reading of the spiritual experiences of the great female Bhakti saint Mahadevi Akka stand side by side with her experiences while traveling, and with her responses to the Buddhist Jataka Katha. Sheikh combines common traditions from sources as diverse – and as similar- as India, China and Italy. In the process of questioning certain central facets of modernism, Nilima Sheikh has evolved a unique style which places her among the foremost artists working with a new Indian aesthetic.