The paintings of Anika Mariam Ahmed explore the space between Self and Other, the individual in isolation and in the company or chaos of a group. They are based on personal observations and encounters, leaning to the absurd or fictional while based on the visible world. Her works ask primary questions about who we are and how we live with each other.  Individuality versus community and power struggles as an integral part of group dynamics is a nagging theme. There is a search for intimacy and comfort. It is a balancing act between the domestic and dramatic, between private and public lives. The way of painting is as much a subject itself and she plays with notions of naivety and classical painting, probing the canons of the history of painting encountered in Bangladesh and the Netherlands.