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. 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), service work, artist residency at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, creativity coaching clients, and passion for technology, world culture, languages, music, food, dance, and history. Several of her paintings decorate the covers of her books, Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One (2007) and That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir (2009).
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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. Watch the video below featuring a discussion of her work as an artist-in-residence.
Watch the video below and take a tour of her artist studio.
Learn about her painting That Which Awakens Me: Kreative Grooviness by watching the video below.
Her mixed media wire sculpture Erzulie’s Black Heart (2007) 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, on March 11, 2010, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York City. Watch a video of her talking about her work at the exhibit below.