Yvette was born in Communist occupied Prague, Czechoslovakia and immigrated with family to Dallas, Texas at age 10. She grew up just blocks away from Southern Methodist University from which she eventually earned a BFA with focus in sculpture and photography. She then married and moved to Chicago where she received an MFA in Sculpture from University of Chicago.
Yvette invents systems for visualizing numerical values of sequences from the numbers pi and e. Values of digits create the structural foundation for her wall-based geometric abstractions. She spent over 20 years creating large works, based on identity narratives, by crocheting fiberglass that was formed by adding polyester resin. Number sequences entered the work as part of an expanding identity dialogue. In 2016, she began developing a body of work using laser-cut acrylic sheets separated by vinyl spacers. These were purely driven by the math. During COVID restrictions and no access to a laser cutter, Yvette started working the acrylic with hand tools, combining acrylic sheet scraps from previous projects with paper gift bags or industrial felt, and incorporating traditional embroidery stitches in both bodies of work. She continues creating geometric expressions based on numbers and engaging acrylic sheet and fabric with various manual techniques, while bringing identity dialogues back into the work.
ORIGINAL FINE ART BY YVETTE