Thread, embroidery or stitching represents not only the artist’s hand, but also
a domestic, labor intensive act relatable to a global practice incorporating
domestic materials and processes typically linked to the female experience.
Yani Aviles is an interdisciplinary artist and healer currently based out of Chicago, IL. Her practice
explores potentials for self-actualization and altered awareness through experimental material
Community enabled catharsis through the repetition of small acts that are cumulative yet transient
and for a greater good. Good citizens save a certain type of plastic from the waste stream and that
plastic I then weave into a matrix.
Spanning painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture, my work has been largely devoted to
elements from each into cohesive entities exploring physical growth, deterioration and decay,
spiritual cycles, and celebration.
I produce interdisciplinary work based in tapestry, sculpture and painting. I investigate themes of
human interdependence and the "weight" of personality. My pieces often call viewers into an
individual relationship to the works.
I employ traditional lace making to render protective structures laced from thread and rope; as well as unconventional embroidery to create works on paper representing interior spaces and the outdoor paths leading to those spaces.