Alya Hessy is a visual artist, operating in the world between the body and textile.
She sees textile as a way of thinking and approaches her work from a conceptual angle. At the same time, she follows her intuition and tunes into the essence of material, creating tactile objects, writings and performances. She is fascinated by the Eastern philosophy and seeks emptiness as a way of letting go of meaning and allowing for multiple interpretations.
Alya invented the BODY-KNITTING technique (2015), which she explores in her Over and Under performance.
Yoga is an important source of support, self-care and inspiration for her. She shares this practice by teaching classes. Her artistic practice inevitably influences her yoga practice, which gives her a unique approach in which she supports her students.
Alya graduated with honours from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2015 (Red and Empty, installation and performance). Her work was shown at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Museum of IJsselstein and other art platforms. Currently, she is doing a master at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, the Netherlands, taking time to re-think, re-connect and deepen her practice.
Alya lives and works in Amstelland, a beautiful green area along the river Amstel in the Netherlands.