Katja Lang & Anila Quayyum Agha

What’s more compelling than light?

Eid Mubarak, Happy Father’s Day and welcome to Adele Delivers, where I deliver two of my favorite contemporary artists right to your inbox every Friday. Here’s to fostering a deeper connection with art, one artist at a time.

Katja Lang

Life can be incredibly lonely - even if you aren’t literally abandoned but maybe especially if you are. Berlin artist Katja uses drypoint, digging a sharp needle into a metal plate, to mediate on pensive poems such as this:

Where can I find a flower / Where can I find green grass? / The flowers are dead / The lawn looks so pale. — By: Wilhelm Müller: Die Winterreise. 

See more of Katja’s work and read the poems that inspire her here.

Anila Quayyum Agha

What’s more compelling than light? To be near it is to be a part of it, that mystical beauty that gives energy to the living and home to the dead. Anila’s cubes are inspired by the form of Kaaba in Mecca. She uses this cube shape along with light and ornamentation to celebrate the feminine, her rich cultural heritage and to critique religious dogma that subjugates women. In other work, the house shape symbolizes America as a beacon of hope, while the absence of a door represents the lack of agency to aid refugees in need. Learn more about Anila here.

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Thank you for being here! Brief is life but love is long… And brief the sun of summer🌅 Till soon. XxA

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