U.S.-based artist Anila Quayyum Agha has created a stunningly intricate piece of installation art that can make even the simplest room look like an architectural masterpiece.
Her installation work, entitled “Intersections,” consists of a large suspended cube made of wooden panels laser-cut with intricate geometric patterns. A lightbulb in the center illuminates the structure from within and casts its shadows on the walls around it.
Agha, who was born and raised in Pakistan, says that the patterns on the wooden panels emulate the patterns found found at Alhambra, a palace and fortress in southern Spain that traded hands many times between the Spanish and the Moors. She characterized the Alhambra as a place “at the intersection of history, culture and art and […] a place where Islamic and Western discourses met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference.”
According to her statement, the goal of the work is to explore “the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.”
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