Lines and Layers: Drawing by Thea Yabut
Today for our artist feature, let’s take a look at the artwork of Thea Yabut! Thea’s practice of abstract drawing uses lines and layers to create images that are both ethereal, and yet endowed with an incredible sense of depth.
Many of Thea’s drawings are almost sculptural, or at least three-dimensional in appearance. Looking at these I can’t help but think of many paper snowflakes bent and layered over each other. The use of charcoal and other dark drawing materials creates false shadows and depth. Thea does explore these methods – rather than simply drawing she’ll often cut, score, tear and reattach bits of paper to the original drawing.
Particularly in installation works, the drawings have the feeling of scraps of paper and other materials that are being examined almost as scientific specimens. Some images on Thea’s website portfolio show these wall-installed drawings, some of which are very small, and seem like strange, beautiful insects pinned to a display board.