Moon for Community Painting by Yasmin Youssef

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An example of this piece in a living room. The art was professionally photographed and placed in a mock up.
An example of this piece to show scale. Taken with an iPhone so the colors may not be 100% accurate.
Examples of deckled edges, undulations, and unique blue variations of pieces in the collection
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Moon for Community

Yasmin Youssef

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Size: 22 W x 30 H x 0.1 D in

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Art Description

Painting: Mixed Media, Collage, Cyanotype, Plants, Ink on Paper.

Inspiration
During these pandemic times when social distancing is asked for the collective safety of our community, we are challenged every day to find new ways to cultivate a sense of belonging and support with those around us. This moon reminds us that we can do hard things and that being together (even if it’s via technology or small quaranteams or masked up or 6 feet away from each other) is easier than being completely apart. This moon is a reminder to check in with your neighbors, friends, and elders who may be living alone. This moon is a reminder that everyone is having a different experience and that safe community support and mutual aid is possible and important. This is a moon of me, we, and community.


Lessons from the Moon Collection
This is a piece in the "Lessons from the Moon" collection. Each mixed media cyanotype in this collection reflects lessons from the moon, as she accompanies us every night through this global pandemic season.


About My Process
Cyanotypes are a photographic process that use a UV-sensitive emulsion that reacts with the sun to create ethereal images in blue and white. 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. To me, this is part of the mystery of this art form.

In addition to the outdoor elements required for cyanotype creation, I use plants, collage, and sometimes ink and acrylic to create each piece. Each piece is made on thick, bright white, Arches watercolor paper with deckled edges. It’s intriguing to me that the subject matter, the paper substrate, and even the piece itself uses Nature as an integral part of its creation process. I'm collaborating with Nature to create art in celebration of Nature.

My hope is that when people experience this collection, they feel an immediate sense of connection and grounding with Nature. A moment of calm during the uncertain times around us.

Unique features
Please note that due to the cyanotype process, there may be slight undulations in the paper and each piece features a unique blue ranging from cyan to indigo to Prussian blue. This is normal. Refer to one of the included images to see examples of the variations in blue and deckled edges.

This piece is 22x 30 inches and unframed. It would look stunning when float mounted in a thin brushed silver, black, or light maple frame.


Subjects:

Nature

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