Alya Hessy

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.

Artist Statement




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Haar eindexamenwerk Red and Empty – een serie textiele werken en een performance – behoorde voor mij tot één van de positieve verrassingen van de lichting 2015.
Alya Hessy lijkt inspiratie te putten uit het werk van conceptuele kunstenaars als Rosemarie Trockel en de performatieve textielsculpturen van Franz Erhard Walther, maar haar werk blijft in zijn poëtische kwaliteit en tactiliteit eigen.

(Her end exam work Red and Empty – a series of textile works and a performance – was one of my positive surprises of the 2015 graduation.
Alya Hessy seems to draw inspiration from the work of conceptual artists as Rosemarie Trockel and the performative textile sculptures of Franz Erhard Walther, but her work retains its own poetic quality and tactility).

Suzan Rüsseler Conservator Europees Textieldesign, TextielMuseum, Tilburg

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Hard working.Researching everything and everywhere very well. Creating loads of possibilities conceptual and material-wise. Cooperative and communicative.

Giene Steenman Artist, Photographer. Head + Tutor TXT Department Gerrit Rietveld Academie

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Een duidelijk, bevlogen werkproces. Precieze teksten.
(A clear, enthusiastic working process. Precise writing.)

Joke Robaard Artist, Researcher

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Zelfstandige werkwijze, goede communicatie, open voor kritiek.
(Independent working process, good communication, open to critique)

Joost Post Textile Designer

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Great concentration, intense and communicative work.

Erik Wong Graphic Designer

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Je bezit een heel goed kleur- en vormgevoel.
(You have a very good feeling for colour and form.)

Manel Esparbé i Gasca Painter, Curator

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Betrokken, geconcentreerde werker met boeiende, persoonlijke uitgangspunten.
(Attentive, concentrated worker with exciting personal starting points.)

Bas Medik Visual Artist