Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s work reflects on subjectivity and individual identity as forms of self-determination. Whilst her work may be underpinned by an expansive and multivalent repertoire of cultural signifiers borrowing freely from Blackness, healing rituals, flora, texting, acrylic-nails, gold-hoops, carnival culture, they enable her to present and privilege the variance of her own individual experience. She defamiliarizes many of these reference points in her paintings resisting the clichés and strictures of representation.
Michaela Yearwood-Dan received her BA from the University of Brighton in 2016. Her work has most recently been presented in exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; TJ Boulting, London; Frestonian Gallery, London; Public Gallery, London; Guts Gallery, London; Tiwani Contemporary, London; Sarabande, The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, London. She is currently in residence at the Palazzo Monti in Brescia, Italy and will present new paintings in an upcoming institutional exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Yearwood-Dan lives and works in London.