SAARALIISA YLITALO - BROKEN PLACES
DATES: SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 - SEPETEMBER 30, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 2-4PM
Pyramid Atlantic presents Broken Places by Saaraliisa Ylitalo. Saaraliisa Ylitalo, a mixed media artist, has been working in the field of fiber for over 40 years. During much of that time she has lived and taught abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa. While in Kyoto for five years, she fell in love with washi (handmade paper) and studied with a master papermaker. Her own work uses her handmade paper and a myriad of fiber techniques. Over the years Saaraliisa’s work has had a strong social conscience, dealing with subjects such as abuse and victimization, secrets and body image. She visually communicates the struggle between hope and despair and the tension created from the interplay of those forces. Her newer works have echoes of these themes, but are more focused on life’s more ethereal and spiritual questions. “I persist in asking: as humans, why do we struggle, why do we care, what makes us try.” Broken Places is a show of her new work at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, in Silver Spring. The show is a response to the Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “The world breaks everyone, and afterword, some are strong at the broken places.” She currently teaches at Pyramid Atlantic and the Art League in Alexandria, and has a studio in DC Studio Arts in Takoma DC.