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Anila Quayyum Agha

I am looking at the sewn flowers Anila Quayyum Agha has cut from paper and stitched together. The series is entitled All the Flowers Are For Me, and was made in 2015. The text next to the sculptural images informs me the pieces explore public and private space through light and pattern. I imagine a Agha cutting with a sharp tool and using a needle to puncture the paper. The pieces are paper flowers more intricate than the typical snowflake, embroydered together and framed with about 1 inch behind to show shadow through the lace-like pattern. The flowers look like delicate window panes, they are beautiful, they think of repetition, the forever-work of precision, women.

Anila Quayyum Agha, All the Flowers Are For Me, 2015. Mixed media on paper. On view at Booklyn Academy of Music through June.

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