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Anya Weitzman is a transplant from Nashville, TN. She moved to Pittsburgh 5 years ago to attend Carnegie Mellon University, and was surprised to discover that Pittsburgh is the raddest place to be. She draws from her background in cultural anthropology, feminist studies, and studio art to create participatory research-based artworks. Anya has performed and exhibited works in many venues, including most recently, the Grunewald Gallery of Art at the Kinsey Institute.
In her free time, Anya can usually be found in a yoga studio, in her art studio, or chilling with her cat Bones.
My sculptures are made to be thrown across the room, left out in the rain, laid against your skin, or taken to bed with you. I am passionate in sculpting thoughtful toys, objects that interact with the human body through specific investigation or play. These are props for acting out your life.
Transformative costuming plays an important role in my work. A proper costume grafts these sculpted props directly onto the human body. I am interested in the specificities of how different types of clothing allow for different states of empowerment.
Anthropology and gender studies deeply inform my art making. I study American consumerism, cultural communication through fashion, and vaginas. I am investigating ways to empower women beyond the pants suit so that we can feel good when we get dressed in the morning. I am translating my most intimate moments into precious metals and porcelain so that you can feel them too.