Ananda's Art Work
Artist Ananda Leeke's creative expression is a melange of art and words inspired by her yoga, meditation, spiritual (Buddhist and Unitarian), Reiki healing touch, and green living practices. Her work is also inspired by her U Street neighborhood, nature, holistic health studies, world travel experiences, ancestral legacy (African, Native American, and European), service work, artist residency at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, creativity coaching clients, and passion for technology, world culture, languages, music, food, dance, and history.

She plays with mixed media collages (paper, leather, found objects, and crayon and magic marker drawings) and words that form six-word memoirs, poetry, affirmations, reflections, and stories when she is in the process of creating a collection of artwork. Her collage making opens her spirit to the creative process. Many of her collages have been made during Art Every Day Month in November 2008, 2009, and 2010. To learn more about Art Every Day Month and its founder Leah Piken Kolidas, visit
creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month.

Since 1995, Ananda’s mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul Magazine in 2001. In 2002, she created and donated Our Womanist Spirit and I am my sista’s keeper wire sculpture collections to The Women’s Collective, a direct services organization that serves women living with HIV/AIDS - womenscollective.org. Her concern for people living with HIV/AIDS motivated her to create Ask The Troubadours Who Have Come From Those Who Have Loved, a wire sculpture collection dedicated to African Americans and World AIDS Day. The collection was donated to Howard University Hospital in 2003.

In 2010, her mixed media wire sculpture Erzulie's Black Heart was featured in the "Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions" multi-media exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography, textile art, video and installations honoring the power of the sacred feminine in African sacred traditions, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York City.

Currently, she works as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Visit www.smithcenter.org for more information.
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