Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough's embroidered canvas totes are inspired by original artwork from her series Lexicon. In the Lexicon series, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough considers the limitations of spoken language. Using familiar, yet abstract symbols as proxies for concepts or feelings, her compositions present open-ended, fluid narratives defined by the viewer’s personal associations and interpretations. Inspired in part by ancient pictographs, modern icons, Japanese cell phone novels, and the ubiquity of emoji as shorthand, Yarbrough’s symbols seek to add more nuanced, less binary elements to this ongoing conversation.
Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough is a multi-disciplinary visual artist with a background in sculpture, music and furniture making as well as exhibit development at The Exploratorium. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she received her MFA in Furniture Design from California College of the Arts in 2002. Her works explore language, cliche, pop culture, iconography, repetition, and design through a variety of media, including acrylic, tape, wood, metal, sound, and performance. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally including New Langton Arts, The Lab and Luggage Store in SF, Deitch Projects in NY, New Image Art in LA, Kunsthall Fridericianum in Germany, and The Hara Museum in Tokyo. She is the recipient of Arteles residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, and two San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grants. Mary Elizabeth lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
See more of Mary Elizabeth's Work HERE.
Original artwork by Mary Elizabeth, as well as two other collaborations with Open-Editions can be found HERE.