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

Over and Under

What is knitting really about? I wanted to get inside and really feel it. I wanted to know what it means to “go through the loop”. I had a wild fantasy about two bodies turning into a pair of knitting needles, coming together and going apart, working a giant ball of wool into a delicate […]

Red Thread

Durational performance In other performances, Hessy has also knit with her own body, slipping thick red thread from one arm to the other to create long chains of knit that draw a dynamic line down multistory walls in various museum settings. The artist carries her giant cache of yarn in an oversized bag around her […]

Alya Hessy, Van Abbemuseum, 2016