Ananda Leeke’s creative expression is a melange of art and words inspired by her yoga, meditation, spiritual, Reiki healing touch, and green living practices. Leeke’s work is also inspired by her U street neighborhood, nature, holistic health studies, world travel experiences, ancestral legacy (African, Native American, and European), and artist residency at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Several of her paintings decorate the covers of her books.
Since 1995, her 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. 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. Currently, she works as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. Click here to see photos of her artwork on Flickr. Read her Artist CV and Statement.
Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley