Description 100cm x 150cm Acrylic on stretched box canvasAs a British Asian, born in Sri Lanka, emigrating to India, before settling in London, the notion of identity is a source of restless exploration for me. Exacerbated by strong cultural influences from both sides, a highly attuned awareness of the self and the alter ego(s)... the canvas is filled.
Yvonne Selvaratnam, London Member Since October 2011 Artist Statement I am a 30 year old, self-taught artist living and working in London.
Although the need and desire to express myself through art has pressed on me for as long as I can remember, the courage has been slower to fruit. Two years ago I began in earnest pursuit to live my life as I was always meant to.
What gives a woman who has endured years of hardship and discrimination the courage to express her world visually?
"The value in self-taught art goes far beyond its immediate aesthetic appeal. With its bountiful visual testimonials and eloquent depictions of struggle, with its sources in the common experience of every human being, this art offers us a chance to walk in the shoes of our neighbors."