I care about Life. I care to express life through exploring ideas, making with my hands and moving my whole body. I create with care. I explore spaces within myself, both physical and mental, through the process of making. Interaction with textile, clay, wood or stone lets me explore their different qualities and challenge my body to find a way of creating a fluent conversation with the material. Working this way brings me in the state of flow and allows me to connect to something bigger than myself. Through the language of body awareness, working with my hands I want to transform the energy of matter into spaces of resonance for you, my viewer, spaces where you can get in touch with your own possibilities, delicate complexity and beauty. Because I care.
Alya Hessy is an artist working with tactile media in a poetic, embodied way. She received her Master of Arts in Art and Design from ArtEZ in June 2020 and a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (with honours) from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015. Her work was shown at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Museum of IJsselstein and other art platforms. An essential part of her embodied approach is a practice of YOGA, which she shares through teaching. Alya lives and works in Amstelland, a beautiful green area along the river Amstel in the Netherlands.