Alya HessyAlya Hessy is a visual artist who operates in the world between the body and textiles.
Born in Soviet Ukraine, living in the Netherlands and holding a fascination for Japan, Alya explores the realms of politics, philosophy and physicality through making objects, writing and performing. She seeks emptiness as a way of letting go of the pre-defined and allowing for multiple interpretations. She graduated with honours from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2015 (Red and Empty, installation and performance). Her work was shown in the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and other platforms.
She invented the BODY-KNITTING technique (2015), which she explores in her Over and Under performance.
Alya lives and works in the area of Amsterdam.

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Testimonials

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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