YoYo's aesthetic is visceral and expressive. What begins with a strictly defined intent, composition and color scheme is rarely visible in the finished piece. Layers of cut and dyed watercolor paper are strategically places over rough sketches. Because of this layering, the work is most frequently done on wood panel.
In 2018 YoYo began to thing about ideas surrounding vulnerability and what it means for people of color, particularly, black women. She decided to name it “Time Off. ” Her current series, “Bruised Bananas are Sweeter,” tackles the same idea, but for black men.
These series marked a shift in Yoyo Lander's artistic approach, in which the context now plays a significant role in the depiction of the individual(s).