4%ers Curator, Rachel Ralph recently interviewed Hannah Faith Yata as we patiently wait for this year’s highly anticipated 2nd Annual 4%ers group exhibition. Hannah’s oil paintings, both large and small, focus on unique anthropomorphs located in dreamlike scapes. Stay tuned for the opening reception of the second annual 4%ers group exhibition curated by Rachel Ralph coming to Athen B. Gallery this August 13th, 2016 in Downtown Oakland. Learn more about Hannah and her work below!
Alexandra Levasseur | Andrea Wan | Angela Fox
Anne Harris | Beryl Fine | Erin Riley | Hanna Yata
Ileana Tejada | Kate Klingbeil | Kit King | Lauren YS
Marina Capdevila | Meryl Pataky | Nicomi Nix Turner
Noel Morica | Rebecca Morgan | Sheryo
Stacey Rozich | Winnie Truong
In an effort to understand the hysterical minds of this year’s group of 4%ERS, I got the chance to ask them each a few questions on themselves, their work, and the art world from their perspective. With such a diverse group of artists, I wanted to draw some connections, create some continuity, and just see what these artists have to say. No one ever shattered a glass ceiling without asking any questions first. - 4%ers Curator, Rachel Ralph
Check out Rachel's recent interviews for the upcoming 4%ers group exhibition with - Lauren YS | Beryl Fine | Alexandra Levasseur | Kit King
Be sure to join us for the opening reception of the second annual 4%ers group exhibition curated by Rachel Ralph coming to Athen B. Gallery this August 13th, 2016 at 7pm.
RR | Name/Location/Age
HY | Hannah Yata / New York / 27
Have you ever been called hysterical?
How do you feel being a woman has affected your art making?
I feel like it's a challenge- something I have to prove over and over again to myself and the audience that looks at my work.
How do you feel being a woman has affected your art career?
I feel like it's very hard to be taken seriously- especially as a younger woman.
Do you think your creative process has anything to do with you being female?
There are elements of nature like birds, insects, and flowers in almost every one of your pieces. What is your connection to nature?
I grew up wandering around the woods with my dogs and taking care of and playing with my neighbors horses. There were always little baby animals we would find that were abandoned and would try to nurse back to life. We always had bunnies and my mother always insisted on having a garden: first it was a vegetable garden and then we moved she tended to a this gorgeous flower garden. I never really appreciated the flowers at that time; I was too busy trying to build my own fort away from home and setting traps for squirrels I was set on befriending. At some point I ended up living with my dad in the city, and then it really sank in when I moved to New York how much I missed the connection with nature- the earth, the animals, the vegetables we could pick right from the plant. I guess it's somewhat of a romantic idea I have, but also one that I feel deeply in my bones
We’ve all heard the term “Mother Earth.” Do you believe that the earth is inherently female?
I guess I would- not just because it's a nurturing cycle of life but also because so many peoples throughout history have attributed the earth as being female as well.
You use incredibly bright colors. Is this a strictly formal choice or is there a theoretical underpinning to these choices?
I use bright colors because it satisfies the centers of my brain that I want to go off. It reflects the ideas that I seek to convey: sometimes celebration, or chaos, or even a sickly sweet anxiety.
How does feminist theory affect your work?
I feel like it affects my work in a lot of ways-- as I am beginning to focus more on a wide array of ideas that have to do with indigenous peoples, history, moral ecology, genetic memory- the feminist theory tends blend in to these topics and take on a whole new life of its own.
What other artists are you inspired by?
I'm inspired by artists that get to grit of life and approach painting with pure genuine-ness.