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 fiancĂ©, 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]