Following her sequence centered across the therapeutic properties of Prussian blue, Portland-based artist Yellena James continues to think about vibrant ecosystems brimming with fantastical life from land and sea. Her delicate organisms seem to drift in washes of pastel colours and evoke coral, kelp, and daisies with an unearthly and eccentric twist.
Just lately on view at Stephanie Chefas Initiatives, James’s Origin sequence works on this vein and explores probably the most elementary features of existence. “I try and seize the occasion of inception and freeze it as if urgent pause in the midst of a chemical response, and I’m wondering if these lifeforms are pressured into existence by their very own wants and needs or the wants and needs of the forces themselves,” she says. Vivid and filled with patterned textures rendered in a mixture of acrylic, gouache, and ink, the items are alluring interpretations of organisms within the midst of change.
James is presently at work on a wide range of initiatives throughout portray, illustration, and ceramics, and you may comply with her newest initiatives on her web site and Instagram. She additionally sells prints, playing cards, and different items on Etsy.
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