Saturday, March 21, 2015

The subversive beauty of ArtPrize winner Anila Quayuum Agha

By Scott Shoger
INDIANA---"I won the ArtPrize the same week that Malala won the Nobel Prize," Anila Quayyum Agha says with a mix of pride and restraint, sitting across from this reporter at the kitchen table at her near-Eastside home. The walls are lined with work by her students — Agha is an associate professor of drawing at Herron; she earned tenure last year — alongside brushed metal wall pieces by Steve Prachyl, her engineer and fiancé, who's puttering around upstairs while consuming epic amounts of biscotti. One of the patterned cubes from her Intersections series hangs from the ceiling; she says she turns it on at night, that the shadow patterns the piece projects on the wall are soothing. [link]