SOLO EXHIBIT | MARCH 1 - 22, 2019




This March, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present Immerse, the latest exhibition of work from Portland-based artist Yellena James. Prepare to take a deep plunge into the world of James' creation, where ethereal forms overlap amidst a limitless expanse. Rendered in vibrant color, organic elements thrive within fully conceived ecosystems, as the collective result essentially swallows the viewer whole.

With Immerse, James experiments with round panels layered with vibrant paint and clear resin, adding a discernible sense of space and separation to the work. In turn, the painted transmutations seem suspended from their respective terrains. Providing even greater depth are the presence of shadows beneath various forms, lending a palpable layer of believability. Nevertheless, a transcendent and otherworldly vibe persists.

"In these works, I continue to explore a chimerical landscape and the lifeforms that exist and interact within. I often have pieces that appear heavy at the top, but the heavy elements are elevated as if given support by the atmosphere that surrounds them. Entire ecosystems are suspended and floating like the one we find ourselves in. I like to explore contrast between vibrantly colored living elements that thrive together within an expansive background. Lately I've been experimenting with resin, as if adding "clear" to my color palette. It gives separation, where some of the painted forms are suspended separate from the terrain. These forms are given the ability to cast shadows which lends another layer of believability to their existence."

The opening reception for Immerse will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, March 1st from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through March 22nd, 2019 and is free and open to the public.