April 2014: Quicksand: Landscape of the Feminine: New Work by Anila Quayyum Agha

Agha's work includes collaged drawings and installations that explore how social and gender-based issues result from the concepts constructed by history, traditions, and contemporary society. The complicated social issues inherent in the history and production of fiber inspire her textile processes, in particular, embroidery. The addition of traditional drawing materials with dyes, wax, coffee or tea stains invoke the history and residual memory of the feminine and domestic, and add to the depth of meaning conveyed by the drawings. The use of embroidery as a drawing medium both interacts and bridges the gap between modern materials and the historical and traditional patterns of oppression and domestic servitude. This process results in artwork that is conceptually ambiguous, producing more complicated weaves of thought, artistic action, and social experience. 

Agha is a 2013 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.

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