Anne Yafi’s multi-media work exists at the intersection of drawing, painting and sculpture, creating playful works that combine traditional mediums with found materials. Color relationships play a key role in guiding Yafi’s choices with these elements. Op and Pop Art are art historical touchstones, as are the color palettes and aesthetics of Scandinavian Modern design, which Yafi recalls being immersed in during her childhood years. This visual sensibility influences her use of line, pattern and color, as well as informing the restraint that tempers these elements.
Does It Feel Delicious will present new paintings on panel and canvas alongside three-dimensional works constructed from pipe cleaners. The panel paintings are process-based, beginning with the use of gesso as a textural medium, “creating a topography that would determine, but more importantly – invite a tactile response i.e. mark making. The repetition of painted lines and other markings are a documentation of that process and therefore the primary determining factor in the creation of imagery.” The resulting works exhibit a sensory interplay of color, surface and form, functioning simultaneously as image and object.
The pipe cleaner works see Yafi extend a painterly approach to this unconventional material, working intuitively with line and color in three dimensional space whilst exploiting the contradictory qualities of the material. As she explains, “[Pipe cleaners] are exceptionally lightweight and tactically inviting, yet withstand gravity and provide a hidden strength and functionality that belies their appearance.” Anne Yafi (b. 1961, Rockford, IL) received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, in 2011 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2015. Solo exhibitions include Fresh Work at Free Range, Chicago, 2016, and SAIC selected group exhibition curated by Kori Newkirk at Chicago ArtExpo, 2015. In 2016 she was awarded Artist in Residency at ACRE, Steuben, WI.