- Art & Design
Nature is unpredictable and difficult to grasp. Its unexpected twists and sudden actions sometimes make our connection with Mother Nature seem remote. Yet Nadia Yaron, with her latest exhibition, manages to elucidate nature's imperfection, its fragility and sheer simplicity. Be surprised by a confluence of balance and fine robustness.
Brazilian Nadia Yaron grew up in bustling New York, the place on earth where anything is possible. And with a mother who was an art teacher herself and encouraged her creative spirit, young Nadia was destined to follow an interesting path. She soon found her passion in wooden furniture and textiles and only a year after starting her practice, she won Best show for fine art in 2018 when she exhibited her wood sculptures for the first time at an Architectural Digest Design show. Since then, her fame has only risen and she was allowed to exhibit her artworks at Eleven gallery in Brooklyn, among others. Yaron's work is best described as soothing compositions that form a whole through balance. Yet, if you take a closer look at the wooden, stone and metal sculptures and know the artist a little, you know that the whole thing was put together by a rough process. So to obtain the beautiful organic forms, rough work is involved first of all. The sculptress cuts coarse pieces with chainsaws and grinders. She does this deliberately: ‘pushing, pulling and toiling at the tools creates peace in the materials’. Moreover, this creates fine, original textures in each work.
Totem-like shapes hold themselves in a delicate balance
Being able to snap up a 19th-century barn in Hudson to set up her studio, the artist found herself in an unexpected source of inspiration: the surrounding nature melted her heart and made her eyes water. ‘The flowers, the clouds, the wind and the trees; everything really feels different here, more pure than in any other place.’ That is why she works outside from spring to autumn to let the creative spirit of nature come to her. This choice allows her to perfectly capture the impermanence and imperfection of nature in her sculptures. You can also feel her embrace over the natural materials of her works shown in her solo exhibition For the flowers and the clouds and the wind and the trees. The 32 sculptures made of wood, stone and metal, stacked in totem-like shapes, hold themselves in a delicate balance. They perfectly symbolise the impermanence of nature. Moreover, the energy radiating from the works is invaluable; it is a reflection of the softness with which each object is balanced. Through Yaron, we discover the pure balance we crave within.
Photography by Elizabeth Carababas