Thread by Thread: An Interview with Anya Paintsil

Sammi Gale, Plinth

"The immediacy of Anya Paintsil’s textile faces and bodies belies the laboriousness of their making. A glance at the artist’s Instagram highlights reel reveals a marathon runner not a sprinter, as the woman from Me and Jack (2019) cries tears of thin blue cotton thread against a mostly bare rug hooking canvas. The image of her then-work-in-progress is captioned with typical humour and playfulness: ‘expected finish date 2069’ with an emoji blowing a party horn."