Darlyn Susan Yee is a Los Angeles based artist, drawing her inspiration from the cultural traditions of fiber. Ms. Yee creates intricate installations and figurative sculpture using the traditional methods of knotting, knitting, crochet, needlework, weaving, patchwork and assemblage to convey contemporary themes, concepts and sensibilities.
In a Fiber Art Now Fall 2012 artist profile, Kate Anderson wrote, “A critic once said ‘size announces ambition.’ The take-away was supposed to be, of course, that bigger is better. The work of Darlyn Susan Yee encompasses all sizes, from large installations, to small handheld vessels. The intent in all these works is that you look, you see, you experience, you question… and you are engaged no matter the size.”
Of Ms. Yee’s 2012 exhibition Re: Fashion, at TAG Gallery, Amanda Keller Konya wrote for Chunk and Crumb, “Consider a moment cooking in the kitchen when your apron begins to grow beyond your body and starts to consume you, the cook. Artist Darlyn Susan Yee suggests such a moment in her new works ‘Hot Mamma Apron’ and ‘Big Daddy Apron’. Each work is crocheted from flagging or surveyor’s tape found at a local independent hardware store. The act of crocheting, the choice of materials and the selection of a garish color palate all point one’s attention to common gender assumptions.”
Ms. Yee's temporal public art installations are intended to spark dialogue between the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Recent project sites include the Craft And Folk Art Museum, 18th Street Art Center, Union Center for the Arts, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and the Trespass Parade, an official opening event for Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. For the project CAFAM: Granny Squared, Ms. Yee collaborated with Yarn Bombing Los Angeles to cover the façade of the Craft And Folk Art Museum with crocheted granny squares, contrasting the perceptions of architecture as high art and craft as low art.
Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “’CAFAM Granny Squared’ is a wonderfully weird public art project in which the brick museum across from the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard has been temporarily covered with thousands of small, colorful squares of crocheted yarn. The architectural packaging is sort of like Christo wrapping a building, albeit with an old-fashioned homemade effort substituting for the modern engineering imperatives of heavy industry. A typical domestic activity explodes to public prominence and scale.”
Ms. Yee's knitted Body Cocoons have been featured in California SLAM at the San Luis Obispo Art Museum; Metamorphic Metaphors at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica; and in After Hours at Galéria Z in Bratislava, Slovakia.Her hanging and freestanding works are often compared to the abstract sculptures of Ruth Asawa and Constantin Brâncuși.
Iris Yokoi wrote for The Arts Blog and the OC Register, “Last, but definitely not least, I get to Darlyn Susan Yee’s beautiful woven works, which directly address how clothing is not only required, but dictated by societal norms and trends. The intricate craftsmanship of her sculptures really drew me in.” in her review of Enclosed, Encased & Enrobed at Orange County Center for Contemporary Artin June 2008.
Best known for her knotted sculptural artwork, Ms. Yee was included in 100 Artists of the West Coast II from Schiffer Books. She wrote the book Macramé Today: Contemporary Knotting Projects to share her passion for knotting. In 2013, Ms. Yee’s knotted artwork has been exhibited in Connecting Threads at LAX Terminal One; and in Folk Art Everywhere, a community outreach program of the Craft And Folk Art Museum.More extensive exhibitions include: The Art of Fiber at the Virginia Weston Besse Gallery, Featherstone Center for the Arts; Contained! at TAG Gallery; and Weave at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
Regarding Ms. Yee’s 2010 exhibition Contained! at TAG Gallery, Brandelyn Dillaway, Gallery Director and Associate Faculty, Mt. San Jacinto College wrote, “The work of Darlyn Susan Yee does much to progress the development and evolution of macramé. She successfully reconciles its aesthetics (a simple, raw, unassuming beauty) with the contemporary experience in a way that is inventive and relevant.”
Active in the artistic community of greater Los Angeles since 1996, Ms. Yee has served various arts organizations. In 2011, Ms. Yee became a Core Member of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, staging public installations and performances to broaden the definition of public art to include street art, particularly self-initiated, ephemeral urban interventions utilizing fiber material. Ms. Yee has been a Member Artist of TAG Gallery since 2007, where she most recently served as the Online Publicity Chair. From 2004 through 2012, she was a Member Artist of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art where she served on the Public Relations Committee, and held the position of Recording Secretary. From 2001 though 2003, she served Orange County Fine Arts as Marketing Director. Ms. Yee served Pomona Valley Art Association as Public Relations Director from 2001 through 2003, and continued her service as President from 2003 through 2004.
In 2006, Ms. Yee received the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Business Plan Award. Through this award, she was granted access to a mentor who guided her through the planning and analysis required to attain studio space in the greater Los Angeles area. Ms. Yee realized that goal in 2007 and has been happily working in her private studio and continuing to expand her body of work. In 2012 Ms. Yee secured a studio at Grand View Fine Art Studios where she is able to create larger scale project work.
Ms. Yee’s artwork has garnered numerous awards through competitive exhibition. Her savvy collectors include actors, community leaders and artists for display in their personal spaces. Corporations seeking unique and versatile artwork have selected Ms. Yee’s work for their offices. Her artwork has also been seen in public service announcements and commercial events. Ms. Yee is open to commissions and site-specific projects.
Yarn Bombing L.A at the Craft & Folk Art Museum
by Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Hot Mamma Ties Oversized Apron Knot
by Amanda Keller Konya, CHUNK and CRUMB
‘Enclosed, Encased & Enrobed’ = Enthralling
by Iris Yokoi, The Arts Blog, OC Register
TAG Interviews Darlyn Susan Yee
TAG Gallery Blog