Opening Saturday, January 22nd, from 2PM - 3PM
On view through Saturday, March 19th
Stacia Yeapanis and Mayumi Lake
The Bigger the Fear and Despair…
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Virtual Artists Talk on Zoom
The Riverside Arts Center’s FlexSpace is pleased to announce the virtual artists talk for “The Bigger the Fear and Despair…”, a two-person exhibition by Stacia Yeapanis and Mayumi Lake. Each artist reflects upon personal experiences of coping with trauma and anxiety while creating their large colorful assemblages and installations.
Stacia Yeapanis’ “The Bounty and Burden of Caretaking” began during a residency in Houston while tending to her aging cats, listening to the news, and living with Covid. Transforming the refuse of cat food and beverage containers with colorful embroidery allowed her art making to chronicle the care for her felines and herself. Yeapanis will be exhibiting several of her vivid installations created by her repetitve, meditative processes.
Mayumi Lake’s “Unison” series stems from Housouge, colorful mythical Japanese flowers believed to bloom in the afterlife. Hers are created by meticulously cutting scanned vintage kimono patterns then incorporating toy parts, sequins, plastic flowers and other elements from her childhood in Japan with it’s references to American pop culture into the creation of monumental hangings.
Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. She explores the relationship between repetition, desire, suffering and impermanence in cross-stitch embroideries, remix videos, temporary collages and improvised, sculptural installations. Yeapanis is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at SAIC, where she earned her MFA in 2006 and won a Marion Kryczka Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. Her first monograph was published jointly by Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 2009. Yeapanis was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in- Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency. Her solo exhibitions include shows at Siena Heights University (Michigan 2013), Heaven Gallery (Chicago 2014), Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis 2017), Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery (Palos Hills, Illinois 2018) and Kent State, Stark (North Canton, Ohio 2019), Finlandia University (Hancock, Michigan 2020) and Material Exhibitions (Chicago, 2021). Stacia was the Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Zócalo Apartments in Houston, TX.
Mayumi Lake is a Chicago-based artist, originally from Japan. Her installations, photography and video art have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Yoshinaga Gallery (New York), Chicago Artists Coalition, Witzenhausen Gallery (Netherlands), and Cornelius Pleser Galerie (Germany) as well as in numerous group exhibitions including Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago), and Paci Contemporary (Italy). Lake is the recipient of several grants from Chicago’s DCASE, the Illinois Arts Council, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Residencies include The Chicago Artists’ Coalition Hatch and Bolt, Roger Brown, Skowhegan, and a residency in Krems, Austria. In addition, she has published two monographs from Nazraeli Press. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Asia Society, and Facebook. Lake holds an M.F.A and B.F.A. in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
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Riverside, Illinois 60546