Joseph Yetto

Joseph Yetto
Artist Statement 2016


Observing and recording nature has always been a passion of mine. Twelve years ago, a microscope was gifted to me, allowing for a deeper look into the worlds that live in the nooks and crannies of our surroundings. At first, the mold that spread across the cheese in the fridge and the bread on the counter was explored. Eventually, the windowsills (which seemed to always capture a smorgasbord of debris) were discovered. It was then that bees and flies became my infatuation. The little hairs captured so much dust and micro debris, that when viewed under the microscope, mysterious landscapes formed. At that time, charcoal drawings were done almost exclusively because they helped in aiding with the mystery. Whereas the color in painting often felt like a giveaway to what was being looked at. It was never wanted or intended that my work be read as scientific or explainable. These current works have ventured away from the need for direct observation. Instead, they feed off of my experiences with the microscope, my reactions to compositional ideas, and take influence from music. Listening to electronic music brings me boundless enjoyment. The way the composers flow different sound textures together to create a voyage impacts me significantly. I am trying to find a way to create a similar feeling in the static medium of painting and drawing.