I create fiber-based socially engaging figurative sculptures and installations to invite the viewer to explore the relationship between materials and form. I re-contextualize the more feminized traditions and practices of fiber art inverted through the use of industrial materials to explore issues of gender identity, sense of place and purpose as well as identity and commonality. My recent focus is on repurposing and up-cycling materials using traditional fiber techniques to create installations of exaggerated clothing and temporary public art displays.
I manipulate texture and form through style combinations including hand knotting, knitting and manually altered machine knitting techniques with crochet. The more compliant fiber materials I use include cotton, wool, mohair, linen, lurex, acrylic, nylon yarns and cotton string and rope. Mastering traditional techniques with more cumbersome materials such as flagging and barricade tapes challenged me to create my own tools. I choose to work with all of these materials because of their tactility.
2016 Mentorship A. McLean Emenegger, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Business Plan Award Mentorship Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Studies Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA
Darlyn Susan Yee is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice weaves together traditional and unexpected materials into complex designs that encourage a dialogue between art, design and craft. Her meticulous, labor-intensive processes result in fiber-based sculptures and site-specific installations. She engages a dialogue that crosses cultural understandings of identity, gender and place. Complex but with a sense of whimsy, Yee’s explorations of presence and containment range from large installations to small handheld vessels.
To contrast the perceptions of architecture as high art and craft as low art, Yee collaborated with Yarn Bombing Los Angeles on “CAFAM: Granny Squared.” The project to cover the façade of the Craft And Folk Art Museum with crocheted granny squares brought together over 500 contributors from 27 countries and 50 states. To showcase another form of graffiti intervention, on the closing weekend of “Art in the Streets” at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Yee and other artists yarn bombed their cars in “Have Yarn Will Travel.”
Yee’s artwork has been shown internationally in museums and galleries, and has garnered numerous awards. She was included in “100 Artists of the West Coast II” by Schiffer Books, the publisher of her book “Macramé Today: Contemporary Knotting Projects.” Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections.