Hannah Yata paints arresting surrealist images of women merging with the non-human world. The bright psychedelic color palette gives a first impression of some kind of delightful Eden, but a closer look quickly reveals dark thematic undertones. She explores the mutilation of women and nature in large detailed scenes that invite careful examination to reveal narratives of abuse, violence, resilience, and survival.
“I think an image that arrests us, takes hold of our mind long after we have left its presence, and causes us to look at something deep within ourselves trying to search for the meaning—I think that is magic, and that’s the kind of magic that can make a difference in the world.” —Hannah Yata
The artist notes in the interview that she interned with artists Adam Miller and Martin Wittfooth, with whom I can see thematic similarities like mythology, humanism, and ruination.