Michaela Yearwood-Dan, a contemporary British artist born in South London in 1994. Completing her BA in Fine Art Painting at the University of Brighton, before residing back in London, Yearwood-Dan often depicts a variety of topics based on observations of society and self. Her works tend to explore themes of class, culture/race, gender and nature and in later more current works love, loss and reflection all whilst remaining playful, personal and vibrant.
Working predominately with paint and collage, Yearwood-Dan's art is habitually thick and sumptuous with references to both the origins of traditional Fine Art and pop culture; including images of late night food spots, overtly feminine stereotypes, botanical influences within personalised visual narrative. As a contemporary artist working in a historically renowned (and critically in some cases seen as a “dying art form”) Yearwood-Dan’s work heavily focuses on method and technique, often borrowing and adapting traits from western, Japanese and Chinese historical painting and craft.
Today, Michaela is currently residing at the Sarabande: Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation in London. Here, she started experimenting with technology with her series “Love Letters to Siri,” exploring its connection to feelings and art practices. In these works, the artistreaches into places of venerability drawing inspiration from the diary style musings that bombard her iPhone ‘notes’. Relaying buried feelings of confusion, hate, loss, love and hope relating to pivotal moments and times in her life they are embedded within a stereotypically feminine palate alongside erratic mark makings and botanical suggestions. At the end of each piece, the artists would also ask a personal question to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, as an associate to the work. These recent works have been built up in layers emulating the artists focus on collage and have a composed visual language with is tethered to the idea of repetitive human behaviours, ritual and tradition.
Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s work is in continuous metamorphosis as it is highly expressive and dependent on her own identity, vision and philosophy of life, as a young British artist.