YAYA Sali Vase | Black

$1,100.00 CAD
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This intriguing, figurative YaYa Sali Vase by Leena Similu is primitive, modern, and nothing less than mesmerizing.


Leena's remarkable sculpture work hits the mark – she wanted to express her West African heritage through her art, and she has done that and more. A combination of primitive and modern with just a touch of the bizarre, a Yaya Situation piece is the perfect anchor art for any room.

Her LA studio, Yaya Situation, is named in tribute to her grandmother, again a nod to her Cameroonian roots. And although she came from a fashion design background, her metamorphosis into sculptor extraordinaire is not surprising. 

Her sculptures speak to many things. Matriarchy. Fertility. Power. But most of all, they speak to us.

  • MEASUREMENTS: 17 W x 30.5 cm H / 8 x 12"
  • MATERIALS: 100% clay
  • COLOURS: Black
  • ORIGIN: Los Angeles
Product Care

Dust exterior with a dry cloth.

Meet the Artisan

Los Angeles

Leena Similu, Yaya Situation

After a highly successful fashion career, designing for such esteemed companies as St. John, Jill Sander and Stella McCarthy, Leena Similu decided to try sculpting clay. And wow. A British transplant in LA, she found herself inspired by her Cameroonian roots when she was pregnant with her son, Cosmo, born in 2017.

So, she experimented with clay, and like most things she’s tried, she created magic with her sharp instinct and fearless talent. And in keeping with her intrinsic motivation, she named her studio Yaya Situation – after her West African grandmother, Yaya. Leena’s popular interpretations in clay will attract attention and start conversations wherever you display them.

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