Anya Paintsil Sad Really Innit, 2023-24


Medium: Punch needle embroidery, hand tufting using Danella hand needle and a manual speed tufting tool. The style of the hair is called Senegalese twists which are hand braided. The work also features elements of needle felting.

Dimensions: 35" x 50" [87 cm x 127 cm]


This work will be shipped from Lisbon. The listed price does not include shipping. We will contact the buyer within 24 hours of purchase to coordinate shipping, with the shipping cost to be covered by the buyer.



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Anya Paintsil (b. Wrexham, Wales, 1993) is a Welsh and Ghanaian artist working at the intersection of textile and sculpture, engaged in practices like rug-hooking, embroidery, and tapestry-making, some of which she learned from family members. Frequently using weaves, braids and other hair pieces (as well as her own hair), Paintsil laces debates around race and gender into the very fabric of her work. Painstil’s oeuvre—which explores topics such as the female gaze, personal relationships, and collective prejudices—are informed by the artist’s experiences growing up in North Wales in a mixed-race family.