36.2 x 13.97cm
14.25 x 5.50 in
Born in 1978 in São Paulo, Brazil
Lives and works in Hudson, NY
2002 B.A. Hunter College, New York, NY
Nadia Yaron was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised in New York. Now an upstate New York-based artist sculpting with wood, stone, and metal. Nadia’s work reflects simplicity, impermanence, imperfection and fragility.
With an appreciation of texture her tools of choice are chainsaws, axes and hand carving tools. Nadia is self-taught and develops her own language around her implements and mediums. She bows to the omnipotence of nature by embracing the perfection and inherent truth of its natural materials.
Sculptor Nadia Yaron carves weighty, organic forms from wood, stone and metal in her home studio in Hudson, New York. Her pieces are hewn with chainsaws and grinders, a necessarily violent practice that contrasts with the tranquil sculptures. “Using a chainsaw is such a cathartic thing,” says Yaron. “There is a push and pull to it, and out of the chaos comes some quiet.” In her studio, a 19th century barn in the grounds of her home, her pieces are heaved up with a chain lift rigged from the rafters, and stacked on top of one another in teetering totemic structures “My work is purposefully imperfect, which reminds me of the fragility of nature,” she says.
Yaron began her practice in 2017, and has a background in wood furniture making and textiles. Her mother was an art teacher, and encouraged her to create from a young age. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1978 and raised in New York, and read Women’s Studies and Sociology at Hunter College, NYC. In 2018, she showed her wood sculptures for the first time at an Architectural Digest Design show, and won best in show for fine art. She has since shown at Jeff Lincoln gallery in Southampton, NY; in Ojai and Los Angeles as part of Frieze; and November Eleven gallery in Brooklyn.
Her sculptures are inspired by small, transient events, such as a fallen leaf, a gust of wind, a pink iris pushing itself up through the spring snow, or a cloud passing overhead. “I love observing nature everyday. We are in a valley surrounded by mountains, and there is so much movement,” she says. These encounters are rendered in stone, a process which begins with grinding outside, and turns to the slow, quiet movements of sanding and shaping with hand tools, with one curve sometimes taking several days of repetitive motion to be achieved. “It is something you have to surrender to,” she says. “You have to give yourself to the stone and let it be.”
Body Full of Stars , New York
June 21 - July 28, 2023
For the flowers and the clouds and the wind and the trees, Nadia Yaron, Francis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA