writer and painter
Brahna Yassky has been an established part of the New York art scene since 1980.
Now, she has just finished writing her first book.
Photo: Georges Piette
Journey Through A Cliché
A series of paintings on aluminum.
Each painting has a bowl with objects in it. The bowl floats on the reflective surface of a pond. The cliché "is the bowl half full or half empty" is a device for addressing deep emotional issues in an accessible way. It is an assessment of aspects of life.
The objects in the bowls are metaphors for desires, accomplishments or circumstances that prevail. The titles of each painting, which are clichés, encapsulate these metaphors.
Text on “Journey Through A Cliché” panel:
As the millennium approached, she had an
increasing curiosity and attraction
for objects made at least half a century
ago. Was it part of a communal longing for the familiar and holding onto the past?
One of these objects was a simple glass
bowl. It wasn’t meant to be only decorative;
it wasn’t merely functional. She partially
filled it and emptied it.
Death Valley Days
This series was painted in 1989-1990, inspired by a trip to Death Valley and a great concern about the changing environment. Now, that global warming is an obvious concern these paintings are more relevant than ever.
There are 20 works on copper, which are more about the essence of Nature, rather than paintings of landscape. They point to the inevitability of change. Copper is used because it is mutable. The paintings are intended to change with their exposure to light and time.
The material of these pieces possess the properties essential to Nature, Change and Transformation. Brahna Yassky made her own pigments binded in stand oil and linseed oil to compliment the copper.