Elizabeth Yamin


I have been strongly influenced by my studio location — the Brooklyn Navy Yard — where I overlook a dry dock, the river, Manhattan. It is a scene that is filled with space and with objects that are often in ruins or otherwise inscrutable. There is the sense of hugeness that a ship conveys, the periods of weight and weightlessness as it goes into and out of dry dock, the crazy reversal of scale as it glides into smallness among skyscrapers. I hope to get across a sense of the abundance of forms, of the complexity of the light and color, and of the confusion that is resolved only to spring back with a fresh glance. I think the space in my latest work has become more dynamic and thrusting, the surface so crowded that it has opened up to allow forms to come forward or sink back.