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Thea Yabut: Lexicon Forming, January 20 - March 5, 2017

Exhibition: Friday January 20 - Sunday March 5, 2017
Artist talk and reception: Friday January 20, 7 - 10 PM 


Utilizing a personal lexicon of marks and forms, Thea Yabut demonstrates the process of navigating and understanding the complexity of her intersectional identity with drawing. Her labour-intensive linework is evident of the time and energy spent meditating on these internal questions, particularly methods to describe accurately the ambiguous space where race and gender converge. The results are nonrepresentational images, rather than depictions of her body; her work possesses a process-based knowledge of identity.


The drawings in Lexicon Forming may be perceived as interior diagrams, maps, codes, or a visual vocabulary. The work is directed by a sensitive and continuous dialogue Yabut holds with her materials as she makes compositional decisions intuitively on the paper. Visual references range from forms and patterns found in nature, to architecture, to textile processes such as weaving and sewing. Although she chooses standard drafting materials to make her work (pencil crayon, graphite, templates, and custom tools), she fully pushes their limitations.


Thea Yabut is a drawing-based artist who lives and works in Montréal, Quebec. Her recent exhibitions include Striations Over the Lattice Site at Line Gallery (North Bay, ON) and Lines of Necessity at McIntosh Gallery (London, ON). Forthcoming exhibitions include MIRROR DRAWING in collaboration with Anthea Black at La Centrale (Montréal, QC). Yabut received an MFA from Western University (2013) and a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design (2007).



All works are available for sale. Please contact us for price details. 


Linear Motions

Pencil crayon on paper

16 x 15 inches



Pencil crayon on paper

46.25 x 50.25 inches


Striations Over The Lattice Site

Graphite, pencil crayon, and chalk pastel on paper

50 x 87 inches 



Graphite and pencil crayon on paper

30 x 44 inches



Graphite and pencil crayon on paper

20 x 22 inches


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