Artist Uses Light and Shadow to Tell Mesmerizing Story of Intersection

by Andrea Stopa

Intersections is an impossibly ornate installation by artist Anila Quayyum Agha, that uses laser-cut wood to throw whimsical and incredibly detailed patterns onto gallery walls and floors.

Agha was born in Pakistan, attended the University of North Texas in and is decorated with many accolades, including the Creative Renewal Fellowship, awarded by the Indianapolis Arts Council. 

From the artist:

“With this large scale patterned wood project I explored intersections of culture and religion, the dynamics and interpretation of space and sight as it threaded through cultures and emerged as varied expressions that redefine themselves with the passage of time. In this piece, a motif that is believed to represent certitude is explored to reveal its fluidity i.e. the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces. This project is meant to uncover the contradictory nature of all intersections; which are simultaneously boundaries and also points of meeting.”

The installation is a powerful statement on the simultaneity of intersectional experiences – working with both light and shadow to create the intricate patterns, symbolizing the multi-dimensional complexities of intersectional identities and experiences of women, illustrating the perhaps unintentionally harmonious relationship between darkness, light, and boundaries. The piece is both limited and limitless, both strong and fragile. 

Read more on the piece and the artist here.



Thanks to Colossal. 

Picture courtesy of  See.Me: A Year In Review

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