Ana Silva’s creativity is expressed through the plurality of her materials. Canvas, wood, metal, acrylic, and fabric are both the materials that surround her and the forms of her art. During her walks in the markets of Lunda, she diverts the primary use of raffia bags or other doilies to make a work of memory. ‘I cannot separate my work from my experience in Angola, at a time when access to materials was difficult due to the war of independence and the civil war,’ Silva says on her transformation of the abandoned object into a revived one. ‘My creativity came from exploring my immediate environment.’ From her different techniques such as painting, drawing, collage, and metal oxidation, she retains the practice of sewing and associates lace with African fabrics and colours. Silva’s aesthetic is a story delicately suggested behind lace and nets where female figures are revealed.