Bio & Artists Statement
YoYo Lander’s work explores the essence of people of color. Her passion is to use body language as an introduction into the context. Choosing her subjects are very intuitive. She goes with what she feels. YoYo then takes several photographs of her subjects to capture an image that is definitive. Next, she combines several images to express the chosen image through watercolors and cut watercolor paper. Within the final piece one will find a sense of truth, perhaps a moment that you’ve seen or experienced.
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).