The artists behind ‘Gabriella,’ ‘Intersections’

Armin Mersmann and Anila Quayyum Agha

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The artists behind two ArtPrize 2014 Final 20 entries spoke to 24 Hour News 8 on Thursday, just hours before voting in the competition will close.

Armin Mersmann, the artist behind “Gabriella,” stopped by “Daybreak” to talk about his two-dimensional entry.

Mersmann said the person behind his piece is a real woman – his co-worker, specifically, and said he spent 900 hours to finish the work.

“It took about a year,” he said. “I don’t think that time itself makes good art, it just happens to take that long.”

Anila Quayyum Agha, the artist behind “Intersections,” which not only landed a spot in the Final 20 but also made it on the jurors’ shortlist in the Installation category, spoke to 24 Hour New 8 by phone Thursday.

She returned to Indianapolis, where she teaches at the Herron School of Art and Design, after learning she made the shortlist, but says she’ll return to Grand Rapids for the finale on Friday.

“I’m trying to keep my head small and humble because I don’t like to think that I’m bigger or better than anyone, so obviously, I don’t want to seem that way,” she said over the phone Thursday. “So I am just thinking of it as my 15 minutes of fame.”

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