Christopher A. Yates
Visual Arts (Sculpture, 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media), Literature (Non-Fiction)
Christopher A. Yates, associate professor in Foundation and Graduate Studies, Director of Foundation Studies, teaches design and fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He exhibits his mixed-media constructions throughout Ohio, contributes art reviews to regional publications, and is a regular contributor to the Columbus Dispatch.
My mixed media constructions are a search for balance, stasis, and hope in a world that seems to lack all three. Though individual pieces have specific meanings and associated stories, all refer to themes of cyclical time and fate.
Fate is a guiding principle because it is the essential mystery of life. Though we strive to control our destinies, nothing humanity plans is assured. Countering such uncertainty, cyclical time serves as the foundation of my work. Through cycles, I explore life’s patterns. Constants like the passage from birth to death, the seasons, and growth reveal the continuity of the natural world.
Ultimately, every piece is a meditation on impermanence versus permanence, clarity versus obscurity, and skepticism versus faith.
MLS, Kent State University
MFA, State University of New York at Stony Brook
BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design