Art Work Space is proud to present ?In Brackets?, the debut solo show by London based artist Yasmin Sandytia. The exhibition, which marks the first presentation of illustrations at the new, independent gallery, consists of a series of one-off ink and watercolour drawings, each of which gives us an insight into the artist?s vision of the world we live in and the characters that inhabit it.
Sandytia?s illustrations are inspired by her observations of daily life and encounters, whether they be the mundane chore or the grandiose ritual. From the routine of the individual to the politic of the community at large, it is our behaviour and the characteristics that drive that behaviour which intrigue her; particularly those we may prefer not to acknowledge. ?What attracts me most are our deep-rooted and primal traits such as greed, fear, love and lust for power and pleasure?, says the artist of her inspiration; ?They are ever present in their full spectrum if you observe deep enough, despite society'sàÂ talent at creating systems to hide or disguise some while emphasising others?.
Although the subject is human nature, the artwork itself often travels into the wider natural world and beyond reality into the realm of the imagination, with its content and style being reminiscent of fairytales; albeit a far cry from Disney. Animals and mythical creatures stand alongside Sandytia?s people, seemingly displaying or representing different human characteristics, ?Some animals perfectly symbolise particular human attributes, so it seems natural to me to incorporate them into my illustrations.?àÂ Reminding one of stories told to generations of children, from Aesop?s Fables to those of the Brothers Grimm, the sense of nostalgia created by these beautiful, allegorical images makes them even more powerful as we remember the tales that informed our own understanding of how our world functions, the moralities and rules of our society and the consequences of ignoring those rules.