Yolanda - cyclic
Yolanda opens her heart in her paintings
and achieves a cathartic release of some pain pent up, deeply buried
in dark sunless measureless underground caves of her psyche. Her shafts
of perception emerge at white heat but do not pour out on her canvasses
as volcanic lava but rather burst out like rocks and boulders, panting,
heaving thrown up momently through cracks. She is possessed, consumed
but the total vision only takes shape when these intense fragments
fit together like pieces in a jigsaw on the canvass. Working at speed
to transfer the inspiration into the complex structure that captures
the compelling inspiration, she bypasses the basic steps of designing
in miniature or laying down a preliminary sketch or outline from which
the larger work emerges. She achieves sublime levels of artistic unconsciousness.
The content is never repeated.
Joy is significantly absent but in some paintings she preserves moments of the past, a world gone by and lost, wrapped lovingly with images of nostalgia. The pain is turned into joy through someone else's appreciation, involvement, sharing in the contrapuntal asymmetry. The ridges, valleys, textures of her surfaces project the deep-seated feeling and the creative process. The dominant monochrome colour captures the emotional consciousness and injects a central tonality. The ceramic glazed face "fixes" in time the deep seated inspiration flung up momently. The fire and ice bring about a release and the creative bursts plunge into lifelessness, stillness, a peace till the next outpouring. Her "fragments" burn like meteors so that the inspiration can see the light of day. Her satisfaction is seeing others interpreting and climbing into the unresolved emotion and finding answers and correspondences. There has to be a total burnout for complete release because her creativity is a cyclic process.
Born and brought up in Goa ,A Portuguese Territory until its liberation in 1961,Yolanda de Sousa Kammermeier holds a B.F.A.(painting) Degree from The University of Bombay.Yolanda's style of creating a ceramic like effect on canvas with relief and high gloss has become her trade mark She enjoys working with watercolours too .She selects her medium as per the feeling of the subject Her works are in collections in India and abroad.
Yolanda's visual work, two images recur vice-versa. One set of her works
shows the visage of a strange person, with a Cyclopic eye, in close-up
frontal view. The face spans the entire vertical and horizontal space.
The face is shattered, broken into pieces, but consolidated as in a
jigsaw puzzle. His large eye apparently does not convey any particular
message, but if the spectator looks at it for a few moments, the stare
is harrowing. Though painted in many colours, only one colour dominates