What do you get when you take a laser-cut wood cube and a single light bulb, and place them in a dimly lit room? In Anila Quayyum Agha’s installation piece “Intersections,” you get a stunning work of art. Last week this piece won both the popular and juried vote at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was the first time in the history of the competition that an artist won top honors in both categories. Click below to learn more about the artist and the piece and see more spectacular images.
Anila Quayyum Agha drew from her heritage when creating this piece. The shadows cast by the box create intricate patterns that are inspired by the Alhambra, a medieval Moorish palace and a symbol of a glorious past of the Islamic world.
As a Pakistani-American artist, Agha is very in touch with her roots and constantly looks at the relationship between East and the West. In her artist statement, Agha states that “Intersections” comes from the “seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a mosque.”