Inner Garden

Inner Garden is an embodied reflection on being human, exploring the depths of our potential, creation and procreation. It is a place of practice, a practice of getting in touch with our body, senses, energy, feelings and emotions.  Through an exploration of our own inner world we can enter the space of resonance with the whole, where we can […]

Alya Hessy, Inner Garden, 2020

Upcoming show – UNFINISHED

I have spent the past two years doing artistic research within the Master programme Practice Held in Common, ArtEZ, Arnhem. Together with my fellow-participants, I would like to invite you to 𝘜𝘕𝘍𝘐𝘕𝘐𝘚𝘏𝘌𝘋, a show and celebration of our graduation. Inner Garden, Alya Hessy, 2020 Inner Garden is an embodied reflection on being human, exploring the […]

8-11 October MA Graduation Show in Arnhem

You are cordially invited to UNFINISHED, a show and celebration of the graduation of the MA Practice Held in Common of ArtEZ University of the Arts. Nine artists and designers will present their creative practice to the public at the Melkfabriek in Arnhem from 8 October to 11 October 2020. Time and details will follow […]

Interview for Practice Held in Common

“The PHiC Participant Interviews is a short podcast series in which Practice Held in Common participants give insight into how they are doing and adapting their practice to the current situation. In today’s talk Alya Hessy shares her experiences and thoughts. “

Inner Garden and MA graduation

In June 2020 Alya will graduate from MA Practice Held in Common at ArtEZ in Arnhem. She is preparing an installation Inner Garden, which will be a part of a group exhibition at Melkfabriek in Arnhem. The exhibition is expected to take place in October.

Studio at Kortestraat in Arnhem

Studies in Textiel #7

In May 2017 Alya Hessy did a performance Thread (Draad) for the Symposium Art and Textile (Kunst en Textiel). The Textielcommissie Nederland, which had organised the symposium, has published a beautiful book, which contains contributions of all the participants, including Hessy’s poem and pictures of the performance. Read Alya Hessy’s contribution (in Dutch). Order your own copy of the […]

"Studies in Textiel" publication


A rectangle as a tabula rasa, a space of possibilities, and a minimal action – a slit through this space, which opens up the in-between space between here and there. The rectangle becomes an ambiguous object in between a sculpture and a painting, with references to the body, clothing and space. This installation is in […]

Alya Hessy - Emptiness

Space Around My Neck

This installation was created in 2019 for Ærø Kunsthal, Ærøskøbing, Denmark. The red neckpieces are arranged in the space creating an uncanny atmosphere.

Alya Hessy - Space Around My Neck


This work is a reflection on liminality, focussing on adolescence as an in-between state.

Alya Hessy - Sixteen - 2018


This work explores the notion of time, using the medium of textile and the construction of knitting as a visual language.

Alya Hessy - Gravity