Yasmin is a fine artist exploring worlds of mixed media, cyanotypes, and collage. Step into her mixed media world, where color, textures, detail, mark making, botanicals, animals, moons, gold leaf, vintage ephemera and deep layers are hallmarks of Yasmin’s creative process.
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About the Artist
Yasmin Youssef is a mixed media artist, dancer, and user experience designer based in Austin, TX. She grew up in a multi-ethnic blended family, which has informed her journey through her creative careers. In her mixed media cyanotypes, Yasmin works with botanical material, collage and ink, to explore themes of memory and life cycles while delving into the often fragile human connection to oneself, community and the Natural World. Her thoughtful use of symbolism, organic and geometric shapes, light and dark, pattern and color create striking moments of visual juxtaposition, movement, and pleasure.Her art has been shown in group exhibitions around Central Texas, featured in publications such as Tribeza and Almost Real Things, and currently hangs in private collections as well as in Austin’s City Hall. She was named one of Saatchi Art’s 5 Artists Not to Miss at The Other Art Fair, Dallas 2021. As a dancer, Yasmin has performed in large festivals, theaters and concert venues including Lollapalooza, ACL, Bonnaroo, Webster Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and performances across Europe, Canada and Mexico. As an expert User Experience designer, Yasmin easily designs iphone, tablet, websites and enterprise-level software experiences. She holds several software patents.
I started the Lessons From the Moon cyanotype series in the Fall of 2020, 6 months into the pandemic. I left the house for a few reasons during long days and nights of isolation: daily walks, growing plants, and the Moon’s steadfast companionship. These reasons sparked the genesis for this body of work. Each piece in this series offers meditations on universal experiences that stand to connect us and ground us in dark times --- meditations on the importance of community, memory, transformation, ritual, and being present.Cyanotypes use an alternative photographic process in which a UV-sensitive emulsion reacts with the sun to create ethereal images in deep blue and white. The medium’s connection to nature, and the multi-step process itself is satisfying as each piece is an exploration of time and light. Since this process is so dependent on the weather, light conditions, seasons, and timing, there is an unpredictable nature to the outcome of each piece that can’t be replicated. Even if a piece “works” the way I envision it, each exploration is mysterious because I never know how a piece will reveal itself. As is increasingly evident in today’s climate, honoring and respecting the life-giving properties of the sun and earth is important to our existence as humans on this planet. For me, cyanotypes are a medium in which I can honor Nature for myself and for our communities. The sun is the catalyst that draws plants from my garden, our parks, and the earth and it is also one of the primary factors in how each cyanotype is created. Essentially, the plants, the paper substrate, and even the exposure & processing of the cyanotype itself, rely on the sun as a critical element in the creation process. This medium offers me the chance to collaborate with Nature to create art that reflects and celebrates the cycles of Nature and our human experience in it.