Approaching art as a natural evolution, Yvette is driven by the anticipation of creating something entirely new that has never existed before. Her paintings and drawings are flat, yet define volumes and space. Viewers are drawn in to experience this space beyond the borders of paper and canvas.
Yvette was born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Paris and Montreal. After receiving a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, she moved to New York where she continued her education at the Art Student's League, the School of Visual Arts, and the Whitney seminars. For a year she worked in lithography at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In 1983 she established Plum Graphics Inc. a greeting card company. In 2004 she returned to the studio to pursue her fine art full time. She lives and works in New York City.
I make art that transforms space. I draw and I paint. Drawing is an adventure as I feel my way around a sheet of paper. I paint when there are shapes and colors I want to explore. My oil paintings of geometric masses of color on shaped canvas look sculptural, but mount flat on the wall. My drawings and paintings become objects in their own right, to fluctuate between flatness and volume, bridging the divide between sculpture, painting and drawing. Often grouped in diptychs, triptychs, or more, the surrounding space is activated, so that the entire wall becomes the canvas.
Inspired by vast open landscapes. My work is elastic. Paintings float in space. Drawings zoom in to focus on subtle intimate details. I use my tools…shape, color, line, and space to connect to the outside world.
I strive to work beyond the boundaries of the familiar to have the work evolve naturally. It’s a wabi-sabi thing. Process is visible. Brushstrokes, and underlying brushstrokes, reveal themselves. It’s not perfect. The work keeps on growing.
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