“As the tide carried me to the realm of self-content and reflection, it is now that I see that it was simply carrying me to the shore of finding myself.”
Tiwani Contemporary presents After Euphoria – an exhibition by Michaela Yearwood-Dan – the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s work reflects on subjectivity and individual identity as forms of self-determination. Through painting, she explores how selfhood and personal experience – especially love and loss – marks of existence – constitute a vital and highly personalised process of self-historicization vis-à-vis identity formation.
After Euphoria draws heavily on the vicissitudes of her own romantic life – past and present – exploring what the artist calls the ‘bitter-sweet reality’ that arrives in the aftermath of heightened emotion and connectivity. Yet the artist also coheres an analogy between falling in and out of love with the mutability of contemporary experience that is desirous of advancement but marked by crisis and change. But what occurs at the end of all these entanglements – amorous or political? Yearwood-Dan proposes a rosy perspective of nostalgia that gives way – starkly and inevitably – to a sudden realisation of disillusionment; that all is not what it’s cracked up to be or was. The works in this exhibition explore an awareness of the hues and textures of that epiphany.
About Michaela Yearwood-Dan
Born in 1994, London, UK,
Lives and works in London, UK.
She graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Painting from the University of Brighton. She was the 2018 recipient of the New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation.
Recent exhibitions include Full English, Platform Southwark (2019); One English Pound, Sarabande, The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation (2019); New Contemporaries, Baltic, Gateshead and Block 336, London (2018).
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