Hannah Yata – The unconscious and the struggling natural environment

Hannah Faith Yata is half Japanese and was born and raised in a small town in Georgia. She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the forest and her family.

In college, she studied feminism, psychology, and art. Graduating with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia in 2012 where she thereafter moved to New York to pursue her dream to create art. In 2015, she was commissioned to do several works of art for musician B.o.B . Now married to fellow artist, Jean Pierre Arboleda, the two painters work passionately to call attention to industry and our environment and its effects on our psyche and the living world around us.  

In her latest works, Yata seeks to interweave the parallels of the unconscious with the struggle of the natural environment. She uses the female body as a way to bring the spirits of nature alive. The extreme physicality of the feminine form is a meditation on the materiality of existence and the need to protect the natural world. Obsessed with the sublime, Yata’s paintings inspire emotion that connects us to our soul and the world around us. Her use of masks examines the spirit of nature and evokes something ritualistic, animalistic, otherworldly, and spiritual. Motifs and natural patterns are used on the bodies celebrating the feeling of energy and wildness and recall primitive symbols that speak to the language of the goddess. These surreal and psychedelic landscapes of her work erupt with tension and beauty, the grotesque and the wild, to form exhilarating and mind-altering dreamscapes.


Jonny Gleason

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