Aneesa Shami received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Fiber and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since moving to Los Angeles, Shami has worked as a Gallery Archivist Intern at L.A. Louver, as a Studio Assistant to Tanya Aguiñiga, and as the Gallery Manager for Branch Gallery, a local fiber arts space in Inglewood. Shami works in her studio in Hawthorne, participating in recent exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, the Torrance Art Museum, and the Lawrence Arts Center. She has attended Mildred’s Lane as a Fellow for the Attention Labs: The Order of the Third Bird in 2015, and received the Textile Society of America Scholarship for the Fall 2013 Symposium at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. Shami currently works for Textile Arts LA as their Content Manager, and is working with them to create an emerging artists program.
My practice is driven by a love for mark-making, bold colors, and interesting texture. I make work reminiscent of abstract expressionism, with no area of a canvas left unexplored. Layers of material builds each piece’s composition through multiple strands of yarn, strips of felt, torn magazine pages, or pen strokes. My imagery is dense with detail, lending the impression that there is more than what the eye sees. The overall composition depends on where sections of color and texture interact with one another; in this way, each piece depends on context as a way for the viewer to navigate the imagery.