From her artist statement http://www.dianacooper.net
“I create visual hybrids of drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation that are experiential in nature. It was drawing, or I should say “doodling,” that facilitated the transition from an impersonal to a more personal form of expression. For me, doodling is simultaneously a process and an image. Doodling is a visual way of thinking or of tracing one’s thoughts.
Like many artists, I want to translate into abstract visual language my thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Some concern the inner workings of the mind – the impulses to play, to invent, and to change. Others have to do with systems and patterns that possess an endless labyrinthine complexity – for example, the visual display of quantitative information.”
Thea Yabut explores the complexity of identity through drawing. Delicate webs of intersecting lines, fluid passages of pale colours and swathes of graphite marks push abstract drawing in unexpected directions. Yabut expands drawing’s vocabulary by making her own tools and devising new methods of application. She drags, scratches folds, cuts, erases, pins and scores her drawings to reveal the physical act of their construction while maintaining a cohesive compositional integrity.
These sensitively-rendered works evoke the varied ways in which the artist relates to the contingency of fluctuating social realities. Historically an ephemeral practice most often associated with preparatory sketches for other media, Yabut exploits drawing’s tradition of marginality and its limitless dimensions and modalities to embody the complex, intersectionality of her experience as a Chinese Filipino Canadian woman.