Annastasia Nahanni is a California contemporary ceramic sculptor, born in Phoenix, Arizona. She has enjoyed creating in a variety of materials since early childhood.
She emphasized in Art at California High School in Whittier, taking 4 years of Ceramics, 3 years of Art and 1 year of Industrial Crafts,
Anna won Art awards in school and has since shown artworks in Whittier, Coastal Eddy Gallery in Laguna Beach, Fullerton, Clarement, at the Hillcrest Art Show and the AMOCA Studio Gallery.
Anna has a B.A. in Art from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters Degree in
Art Therapy from Cal State, Los Angeles.
I have enjoyed, “exploring” and “discovering” using a variety of materials ever since I
was a young child. Artistic expression, is an important learning process and means of
communication for me.
Art combines my awareness, connections, references and what I find meaningful. I
have accessed inspiration and value in the natural world with its many forms, patterns
and textures. I use many references to Nature in my artwork and then expand on the
original object or idea by combining additional images, colors or shapes using my
I enjoy creating and combining for the most part rather than exactly reproducing an
object. The senses and sensual quality of Nature is very appealing to me and is
something I explore through my art. I believe that is why I am drawn to sculpture and
its multi-dimensional qualities.
Many of my sculptures are personal challenges, somewhat like complex puzzles for me
to think about, work through and solve. I both enjoy and struggle at times with the
process of creating, through its joys, challenges, surprises, at times uncertainty, critical
decisions, research and the trials.
At times I know exactly what to do, at other times; it is not quite clear which way to
go or how to go about it. I often spend time ”mulling” over a problem-challenge,
sometimes a couple of possible solutions come to mind, at times, it’s a flash of
inspiration and sometimes it’s not a “mind” thing at all but a intuitive heart and
hands thing, where they just do what they do and it turns out right.
Often it feels like a mystery to me when I see certain pieces done. I’m amazed at the
many changes and evolution the idea and the art work go through, the process,
connections, smooth times and stumbles all come together to create that excitement
and appreciation for the wonder of creativity and the visual poetry of the journey.
For more information about Annastasia Nahanni visit her website at: www.Nahanniartstudio.com