'Informed by the influence of climate, Yates' cyclical body of work maps a quest for preservation while contemplating the consequence of change'
The work that I make is in direct response to climate, with sensitivity as to how weather shapes environment, communities and culture. I'm concerned with the impact a changing climate has on isolated communities-and with how isolated communities impact climate and the ecosystem. Connected are the seasonal dialogues= intimate encounters with land and sea to mark places and changes in time. Hence the work is very much about the wanders- engaging via site-responsive drawing, painting, ephemeral landworks, community collaborations and interventions. http://www.janyates.com/statement.html
Jan Yates has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards with recognition from the Ontario Arts Council. An elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, her paintings are collected throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. OAC international residency grants have also supported Yates' work in Ireland and the Shetland Islands.