Rendered in vivid shades of blue, pink, and orange, Yellena James’ unearthly organisms populate environments brimming with life. The Portland-based artist (previously) makes use of a mixture of acrylic paints, gouaches, and inks to create exactly patterned compositions that take an otherworldly method to creatures discovered on land and sea. Buoyant kinds evocative of coral, kelp, and flowers overlap and collide on the canvas, including density and texture to the majestic ecosystems.
The work proven listed below are on view now at Chefas Projects for James’ solo present Weightless, a title that alludes to each the lightness of the organisms and to the artist’s capacity to succeed in a stream state. She explains:
In my work, I all the time try to create a way of levity on the canvas. I concentrate on environments that exist inside alien atmospheres and kinds that thrive inside a various vary of exterior forces… There’s a second that arises whereas making each bit after I can see the ultimate steps clearly and the art work begins to disclose itself. In these moments, each trace of strain dissipates. It lifts. All of it. And I’m weightless.
If you happen to’re in Portland, you possibly can see Weightless via November 18. In any other case, sustain with James on Instagram.
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