A little while ago after weeding through my portfolios of work I started to cut up paintings that failed my scrutiny. I began to reuse pieces by weaving them into other paintings; I really liked the outcome and decided to continue weaving into my new work as well. I have since moved on to using specialty papers, fabric and painted paper.
This series was inspired by some specialty paper that I purchased to use for woven paintings. Once I created the first woman in the series more of them came into my imagination. I wanted to make them each strong, fragile, thoughtful forces of nature. My hope is that each piece allows the viewer to create a story in their mind about what these women represent to them. To me they are like little stories without words.
I have more of the women to create. To me they are important and whimsical simultaneously. Although I have created woven paintings on other subjects these women are my favorite series. You will notice that there are metallic, printed and painted strips woven into the canvas paper as well as some straight collage work. Of course the pieces always start out as a painting and then the weaving begins.
Yana Yakubchik was born in 1989 in New Brunswick, NJ. In 2013, she received her BFA from Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her art has been exhibited primarily in NJ galleries and creative spaces, including “Freakshow” at The Raven Gallery and Boutique and “Somewhere Else” at ARTXSOULSNJ. In 2017, she joined Chashama as a resident artist. Yakubchik currently lives and works in Morganville, NJ.