Yelverton Freeman

  • Visual Artist
  • Seattle, Washington, USA

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“[John] Yelverton Freeman was born in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1989 and raised in Darien, Connecticut. Freeman studied art and marine science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2011, concentrating in interdisciplinary sculpture. He subsequently earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland in 2013 with a concentration in video art and performance. He continues to work predominantly in these mediums, utilizing his background in sculpture to create evocative, often wearable objects that accompany his subtle action based approach to moving image. He has participated in group exhibitions around Ireland at Gallery 126, the Iniscealtra Arts festival, the Dublin Live Art Festival, the Backloft Gallery, Occupy Space and the Burren College of Art, and in St. Petersburg at the Rhino Gallery, Artpool, and the Elliott Gallery. Mr. Freeman, along with fellow artists Ciaran Nash, Isabella Walsh, and Kate Macelroy, work together as "Occupy Space", and artist run space based out of Limerick, Ireland. Since his move to the northwest coast of the United States, Mr. Freeman has formed the collective "Occupy Space - Seattle", an international sister project to Occupy Space, along with a growing number of Seattle based artists. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.”

Current work:

My current work addresses the feminine component of the male psyche, it’s archetypes, and the use of this force as a personal narrator for my own lucid inner pantheon of secrets, stories and emotional rituals. Through my studio and practice based research I aim to access and externalize this entity, in an attempt to aid me in the walk along the path to a deeper understanding of and reconciliation with the self through performance, video and sculpture. This process, from an outside perspective, allows the viewer to conceptualize and interact with this psychological component in her element, revealing an alter ego that is very much a part who I am. It is an emotional journey, not only for myself, but for all who allow themselves to be involved. My methodology is self-reflexive, a growth process parallel to that of the artist. Reflecting on my work both past and present, this archetypal feminine identity is rendered in an often recurring fashion, but lately seems to mature at a faster pace than I. My process examines the relationship between the different components of the human subconscious both separately and in flux. In turn, this work becomes an experimentation with accessing and physically externalizing the secret and unimagined, an attempt to shed light on the deepest and darkest corners of my conscious existence.