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Artist In Focus : Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha

In this section, we pick one artist to showcase their work and creative journey so far. Today, we look at contemporary artist Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha – The Artist

Agha was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed her undergraduate studies at the National College of Arts, Lahore. She moved to the USA in December 1999. She started graduate school at the University of North Texas in 2001 and graduated with an MFA in fibre arts in May 2004. Consequently, Anila moved to Houston in 2005 for an artist residency at the Contemporary Craft Center, Houston. Finally moving to Indianapolis, in 2008 to take up an assistant professorship at Herron School of Art & Design/Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Currently, she is an associate professor of drawing at the Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI.

The Creative Process

Anila’s work is a combination of textile processes wax, dyes, and silk-screen printing along with sculptural methodologies.

She works in a cross disciplinary fashion with mixed media. The end result is creation of artwork that explores the current global political situation. Anila’s art extends to areas of cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles.  The artwork are conceptually challenging and they produce complicated weaves of thought. It always ties in with artistic action and social experience.

Exploring the form of filigree, where much is shown and more hidden, the question is by whom. The work is multi layered, a compendium of her experiences and thoughts.

“This work came after many years of working very hard to create artwork that was nuanced, subtle and evocative.” says Anila about her work. As a result, where the viewer becomes a part of the experience, that is where the work begins to grow organically.


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