Anisa Esmail: Heirloom

Anisa Esmail: Heirloom

The Frank-Ratchye Project Space is excited to present Heirloom, a new exhibition by studio artist Anisa Esmail (she/her).

Esmail explores her identity through art, drawing inspiration from femininity, organic shapes, vivid colors, expressive lines, and abstraction.

Heirloom dives into her parents’ journey to the United States, touching on themes of culture, assimilation, and memories from America in the 1970s and Kenya in the 1960s. It ranges from mixed media paintings to garments with prints from specific artworks.

Esmail unravels the intricate threads of familial bonds, the ever-evolving realm of fashion, and the poignant tapestry of memory itself. The artistic manifestation of this exploration spans a diverse array of mediums, from the multifaceted compositions of mixed media paintings on stretched bristol paper to the intricately crafted garments adorned with prints derived from select paintings. Heirloom is an ongoing series.

Second Saturday Reception

March 9, 2024 | 5-9 PM

Exhibition Dates

March 6, 2024 – March 23, 2024

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday from 2-6 PM



Anisa Esmail is an arts and culture writer, fashion designer, and abstract figurative painter. Born in Alameda County, CA, in 1992. She resides in Oakland, CA, and works in San Francisco, CA. She has shown her artwork at Minnesota Street Projects, Southern Exposure, and Root Division. An art major at San Francisco State University, Anisa Esmail is also an active member of the arts community with previous education from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also freelances as a dressmaker and womenswear designer.

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