Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha

Inspired by the patterns and images she saw in Islamic temples, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha created a new shadow sculpture titled Intersections on display at Rice Gallery. A 6.5′ square wood cube is illuminated from the inside with a light bulb. And the shadow created by the inner light casts a dazzling shadow across the gallery room.

The piece is inspired by Agha’s visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The grand Islamic palace made her reflect on her own childhood growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, where women were excluded from praying at the mosque. “To my amazement [I] discovered the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up,” she explains. Intersections will be on view through December 6, 2015. [h/t]rice-1 rice-2 rice-3