Meet the Maker


April Yasamee

In the third of our monthly series, we'd love to introduce you to April.

An installation of multiple rolls of vintage floral print wall paper. The aim behind this piece is to convert the 2-Dimensional wall paper into a 3-Dimensional hanging sculpture. Wall papers are decorative and usually static, but my piece aims to animate these particular designs, creating a wall of lively and disrupted filigrees and tendrils, much as in an unruly patch of garden. Randomly selected floral and leaf elements in the design have been cut and sliced to allow the paper to curl and twist, with a life of its own. Part of my inspiration comes from the short story The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman “...regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature for its illustration of the attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century” 

Hastings based artist April Yasamee, uses paper as a sculptural medium, including wall papers, photographic prints, drawing and watercolour papers, cotton rag and Japanese papers. Her interest is in the papers’ qualities of fragility, instability and softness, which contrast the traditional sculptural materials of metals, stone, wood.

Born in London. Has lived across the UK, in Italy and Australia. Active member of artists groups in East Sussex since moving to St Leonards on Sea in 2015. Promotes and curates artists and designer makers exhibitions. MA Art History, BA Fine Art Painting 

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