Organic Entanglements: Yellena James

13 Mar

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.

Allusion, pen & ink on paper, 8x10

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.

Flutter, pen & ink on paper, 7.5x7.5

Bold patterns and forms catch our eyes, drawing us into a delicate, intricate world.  A darkly mystical universe, a playground for elves and fairies.

Twine, pen & ink on paper, 7.5x7.5

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!

Spring, pen & ink on paper, 7.5x7.5

Origin, pen & ink on paper, 7.5x7.5

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.

9 Responses to “Organic Entanglements: Yellena James”

  1. Marissa March 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I love these–So whimsical and organic! Like you, I wish I could shrink myself and explore them from the inside!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Lesley March 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Aren’t they magical? Thanks for stopping by, Marissa!

  2. christine March 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Oh, the detail! The color! These are just gorgeous.

  3. lilbrigs March 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    probably my favorite post of yours so far. i love stuff like this.

    • Lesley March 15, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      The more I look at her work, the more in love with it I become! 🙂

  4. lilbrigs March 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Reblogged this on houseofzippers and commented:
    I love everything about this artwork. The patterns, colors, shapes, and overall craziness.

    • Lesley March 15, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks for reblogging!

  5. brittany March 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    These pictures remind me of the sea for some reason and the exotic creatures in coral reefs.

    • Lesley March 22, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      I can totally see that, Brittany!

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