Wendy Yamilett

Wendy Yamilett - Their Eyes. Third Coast National Biennial 2020. K Space Contemporary

4th Runner Up

I’m a multidisciplinary artist born in Austin, Tx. As a first-generation American, art wasn’t prominent as a child but I had a natural inclination to draw and create with whatever materials I had available. My earliest memories of art of any kind was watching my father do some airbrush work or draw with a ballpoint pen. I once lied to my mother claiming I needed watercolors for school when I didn’t. It’s a memory that has stuck with me as evidence that art has always been my passion. I didn’t know it at the time. I didn’t take art as a profession seriously until I attended UNT and got into their art program, and graduated with a BA and BFA. My art focuses on the human experience – touching on socio-economic status, gender, cultural identity, and mental health. I often use myself as a subject but also include others as representatives of these topics. Many of my references stem from my personal experiences. My work intends to empower others and strengthen the connection we have with one another.

Tell us about the work you have in this exhibition.

Wendy Yamilett, Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary
Their Eyes 48″ x 60″ Oil on Canvas $5,000.00
“Their eyes” is a narrative on current events and the pandemic. It challenges and questions what needs to be done to progress and make a better future for the next generation. With so much fear and uncertainty, their eyes are determined more than ever to persevere. Depicted in this painting is my good friend with her family and is a result of conversations we had regarding the current climate.

What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?

Lately, I have been utilizing oil paints, pencil, and cyanotype in my work. The references I use are photos I have personally taken of my family and friends. I truly enjoy working in these media because they’re the fundamental building blocks of art that are worth exploring. I hope this will lead to other methods of visual expression as I grow.

What inspires you to make art?

The concept of dualism within human nature and the many layers of people. Our connection with nature also inspires me. Some influences of mine include, Jordan Casteel, Kehinde Wiley, Frida Kahlo, and Jenny Saville.

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