ERMA MARTIN YOST
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Pond Shadows      Hand-felted, stitched construction

Firefly Field     Hand-felted, stitched construction

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erma Martin Yost graduated from James Madison University with an M.A. in Painting and Ceramics.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design and was included in their New Acquisitions exhibit in 1995. In 2009 and 2012 Yost’s work was included in Art of the State at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Also in 2009 Yost soloed at the Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters. Yost received New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowships in 1991 and 1999. Through the New Jersey Art Annual exhibitions, her work has been exhibited in the Jersey City Museum, the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Hunterdon Museum, and the Morris Museum. Her work is included in twenty-one books, including The Art Quilt Book by Robert Shaw and Object Lessons published by GUILD, Inc. and juried by Michael Monroe, former curator of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. View Yost's work and exhibition schedule at ermamartinyost.com.

 

ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE WORK

Trained as a painter, my creative canvas is now handmade felt, and thread has become my pencil and brush. Mono-printing, appliqué, found objects, stitching, and a nod to the traditional “yoyo” add surface detail. I came to felting by accident, but once introduced I was captivated by its tactile qualities, deeply embedded colors, and range of subtleties. From the magical mesh of fibers I try to create a language of symbolic images and archetypal forms inspired by the wonders of nature and the many phases of its cycles. In the Felted Fields series (2011-2012) some fields lie dormant where shadowy shapes shift mysteriously. Other fields burst with brilliant color and fertile life. In all of my work I strive to fuse my natural and inner worlds with a strong sense of place and personal poetry.

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