Multidisciplinary artist, Anila Quayyum Agha won this year’s ArtPrize at GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum) not only once but twice, in a single year, claiming the first grand prize and a second prize with a collaborative submission with another artist. But the crowd pleaser and favorite of the judges was her solo work, ‘INTERSECTIONS’, a Laser-cut Wood, Single Light Bulb, 6.5′ Square Cube that casts a shadow of 32′x34′ in a room.
Inspired by the decors and artisanship of the Alhambra Palace, the installation explores themes of religious and societal dualisms:
“My goal is to explore the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic by relying on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, and the interpretation of the cast shadows. The form of the design and its layered, multidimensional variations will depend both on the space in which it is installed, the arrangement of the installation, and the various paths that individuals take while experiencing the space.” -Agha