Artist Talk with David Yoas, featured in Reclamation, at the Epperson Gallery.
December 12, 2021. 4p-6p.
My inspiration can come from almost anything. Over the years I have been inspired to create my narrative pieces by a tin image I’ve seen or by a phrase I might hear. The thrill I get from my work is from seeing my idea realized. I come up with an idea, collect the tin from various sources, and then realize my idea through planning, cutting, and reassembling the images I’ve collected or created.
I use visual hooks to capture the attention of the viewer. These hooks include colors, subject matter, and small surprises for the viewer to discover. My highest hope is that when people view my work, they will find some element that engages and affects them.
I started working with tin over 20 years ago. During a trip to New Mexico I saw various examples of tin art from the 1840’s to the present day. I discovered wonderful hand-stamped tin artworks housing lights or saints. During that same trip I discovered artists, who were using up-cycled tin containers in their work. I decided to try to combine the hand-stamped tin with the up-cycled tin art work that I was seeing. I am largely self taught, experimenting and learning on the fly.