By Tiffany Mei Yates
"'Aftermath of a Kettle of Fish’" is the beginning of a series of female figures with manifesting negative traits that I'm trying to accept and normalize as represented by animals. The main focus of the series is creating figures that are unrestrained and overwhelmed, feelings that I loathe and avoid by immersing myself in projects and work. The animals coming forth from their bodies as though they are raw emotions are being expelled. ‘Aftermath of a Kettle of Fish’ is about dealing with the myriad of feelings after an awkward situation, and observing and empathizing with the offender. Regret for acting out of vulnerability, mixed with sickening shame for the hypocrisy of trespassing the boundaries of others.”
Tiffany Mei Yates is an illustrator, designer and crafter. Her influences run the gamut: Fantasy and science fiction, as well as various biology, technology, medical and political articles. Tiffany grew up surrounded by art, attending and helping at art shows and spending many days after school in her mother’s studio, where she watched her make Chinese brush paintings. Absurdity is a reoccurring theme depicted in Tiffany’s work, which swings between humorous and eerie. Tiffany views her art making as compulsive, inevitable as a form of communication. Studio 23 in Fredericksburg, Virginia’s Libertytown Arts Workshop is where her drawings, sculptures and paintings can be found. View more of Tiffany’s artwork here, follow her on Instagram (@tyates.found) or contact her to learn more about her work.