"You’re so full of character and the world adores your creaturehood, we watch and want to pounce.. you have twigs and leaves braided through your hair.. the scent of sandalwood and vetiver in your aura… the promise of red grapes in your body… the field of loyalty around you which holds those beings who stay loyal to themselves… you see, you make me want to write, to squeeze the colours out of you like a tube of paint..."
and a woman full of colour she is...
Speaking to Yvonca about her art is just as fascinating as the artwork she creates.
She indeed carries the scent of sandalwood, of smoke in an autumn afternoon, a fresh field of grass, and all the apples and plants she comes in contact with and nurtures.
I asked her about the works that I am especially attracted to which she calls Land Speak or Earth Art, and I was on a journey only this artist, who is in daily contact with the magic whisper of nature, could illustrate...
Her works carry an ever-changing, ethereal effect, yet organic and wholesome depth - it is like viewing visions or internal dreams locked deep in nature only she has access to; and these deep, mystic visions we have the opportunity to experience through her perspective and interpretation. And what visions they are. She explains that her work is never visual or pre-conceived: it starts as a dance with a plant, and she allows the plant to speak in its own language, she only means to be a mouthpiece for its essence. As a result, her nature-inspired work is very spiritual and faith-based, she never knows how a piece will end up being; for her, it's more about the process of dancing with the essence of wind and plant, and working with nature for the making of an artwork.
She is not unlike a botanist, or scientist. She is often observing the cycles of nature, plants and the growth and process of them - she wants to see what the buds in the trees are doing, how they change, what the animals say, how her land changes from season to season. She stresses that it's the general patterns of growth, the endless variations in nature which fascinate her.
I feel someone who is so in tune with the stability and cycles of nature, as well as aware of the metamorphosis of life, can only be as trustworthy as the nature-derived inspiration she hands out so generously to others through her work and spirit.
She shares with us her artistic process, her gypsy heritage, and the power of being connected to the rhythms of nature.
|The Wild Sawtooth Sunflowers|
What medium do you usually work with?
|more detail (Wild Fox Grape Sweetness)|
I also love Sumi ink, (from burnt pine trees) which has a very silvery gray to its watered-down tones. I also enjoy taking cuttings of plants and simmering them to extract dyes to paint with. And pastels . . . finger painting with materials is sooo satisfying.
How long have you been drawing/painting?
All my life.
Where are you based?
I live in nature, a rural part of Illinois.
I consider myself a reformed gardener... I have a wildlife sanctuary, and I have a relationship with my land. I feel it's reciprocal, the relationship. I want to see what the buds are doing, I use the ashes of the dirt, the wind.
I want to absorb its essence.
To view each drawing, click on link:
|Calling Heaven |
|i started a joke . . .|
|Night Prairie Triptych|
|Everchanging II |
|Dancing Prairie Grass|
|Tools from Nature|
|In acceptance lieth peace|
|4 frogs leaping|
|Adam & Eve / Naked and Unashamed: 1|
|Summer has faded.|
|stitch in time . . . . hand portrait|
|Tower of Hands pre-bloom|
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