Sharmistha Kar (b. 1984) has an MFA in painting from the University of Hyderabad, and has displayed her works in India, the UK, and the USA. Among her honors, she has been given the Charles Wallace India Trust Award. Kar works in various media, and over the last years has been making embroideries on various topics, including a tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. "Through this series of portraits,” Kar continues, “I wanted to show my struggle with Malala and attempts to understand her wisdom. My hardship of understanding her is portrayed in these works. Hand embroidery is an intimate way of working and I wanted this labored process to come through in each portrait.” This collection is a continuation of Kar's Knowing Him series in which she attempts to connect with the great artists of history—Vermeer, Goya, Van Gogh, to name a few—through the application of textile and embroidery that bears a painterly effect.