Isn’t it amazing to think that there are worlds all around us that we can’t see? Worlds invisible to our eyes, buried beneath the sea or simply found deep in our imaginations. Portland artist Yellena James fashions her own worlds filled with shapes and organisms both familiar and alien.
Growing up in the south, the land of kudzu, I’ve always been fascinated by vines and roots. The source of nourishment and strength, they also entangle and envelope all around them. The worlds James creates share these same contradictory characteristics. Bright colors and seemingly whimsical shapes float about yet become entangled by tentacle-like forms.
Bold patterns and forms catch our eyes, drawing us into a delicate, intricate world. A darkly mystical universe, a playground for elves and fairies.
Wouldn’t you like to go inside these worlds to explore? If I could, I would miniaturize myself to float and flit among these microcosmic terrains!
To see more of Yellena James’ work, please visit her website. Her Etsy shop is full of gorgeous, affordable prints and be sure to check out these amazing bracelets she’s collaborated on with Morphik! I’m personally coveting the Dulcet piece, which looks fantastic with the Taupe cuff! ( Just in case anyone is taking notes.. I do have a birthday coming up! ;-))
Featured image is Mothership, pen & ink on paper, 21×16. All images are via the artist’s website.