Local textile artist Elizabeth Anyaa is the latest to be featured in One Arts Plaza’s lobby art exhibit program with a collection entitled “Sculptures in Motion.” Now through mid-March, prescription Anyaa’s unique and luxurious artisan sculpture, story featuring fabric manipulation, link crystals and felting, will be on display and open to the public.
“My inspiration for this exhibit is based on my observation of everyday occurrences,” said Anyaa. “I used wool fused with silk or cotton as the main story teller and incorporated crystals, stones, leather, metal and wires to tell different stories. The vases are symbolic of kept secrets and memories. The poles demonstrate our desire for upward mobility, growth and security and the miniature sculptures are impacts we are aware of and those we will never know.”
Anyaa’s creations are sensual, exquisitely organic, and spectacular to observe. Each piece involves artistry and skills that have been cultured and developed over several years, and is unique in its formation, drape and coloration.
Anyaa’s artistic passion began during her early childhood in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, West Africa. She grew up watching the women next door make tie-dyed cotton textiles and clothing that they sold to tourists. Anyaa excelled in her studies and later went on to earn a B.A. in Fine Arts with emphasis in textile design and manufacturing from The Rovaniemi Institute of Industrial Art in Rovaniemi, Finland. Anyaa now resides in Dallas, Texas where she studied fashion design at El Centro College. Anyaa won the coveted Best of Show fashion competition and scholarship and was among the first designers selected for the Dallas Fashion Incubator.
Beginning in 2010, One Arts Plaza has featured three art installations in the lobby of the building in an effort to promote the local arts scene in Dallas. Past participants have included artists from SculptCad, the Romanian sculptor Adele and local photographer Laura Wilson.
For more information about the exhibit or other events at One Arts Plaza, visit www.oneartsplaza.com.