Thea Yabut


Artist Statement

My drawing practice is based on the connection I find between abstraction, intersectional identity, and materiality. With dense layers of finely hatched lines, varied methods of erasure, specific mark-making tools, and forms made directly on the wall surface, my work is culminated out of an understanding of the physical act of its construction. Historically an ephemeral practice most often associated with preparatory sketches for other media, I aim to exploit drawing’s tradition of marginality and its limitless dimensions to embody the complex, intersectionality of my experience as a Chinese Filipino Canadian woman.


Aesthetic references in the work range from the warp and weft of textile fibres, organic patterns and textures, and natural structures such as mineral formations. I use these references loosely, often making associations while working and sensitively following an undirected path. 



Thea Yabut is an independent visual artist based in Montréal, Quebec. Her recent exhibitions include Mirror Drawing in collaboration with Anthea Black at La Centrale (Montréal, QC), Lexicon Forming (Kitchener, ON), Striations Over the Lattice Site at Line Gallery (North Bay, ON) and Lines of Necessity at McIntosh Gallery (London, ON). Thea Yabut received an MFA from Western University (2013) and a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design (2007). In 2016 she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. A review about her recent exhibition Mirror Drawing at La Centrale is published in Esse magazine, issue, no. 91—LGBT+. an article by Andrea Williamson titled Invisible as one and many: The mirror drawings by Thea Yabut and Anthea Black. Her work is part of several private collections in Canada.



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