Anne Yafi

Anne Yafi (b. 1961, Rockford, IL) received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, in 2011 and M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2015. Her work has been acquired for private collections in Chicago. Yafi’s multi-media work exists at the intersection of contemporary fine art and design, creating playful works that combine traditional mediums with functional objects while addressing consumer and craft culture via an orientation towards pleasure. Throughout her body of work, mass-produced objects; IKEA’s annual/limited edition colors for drinking straws, big chain craft store chenille pipe cleaners, transparent packaging tape, are organized into arrangements of repetition or geometry, whose value as completed works are then redefined as nonfunctional (art). Yafi’s design aesthetic derives from a repurposed heritage from her childhood’s immersion in Scandinavian Modern design and textiles, and the cultural importance of creating hygge (warmth). This influences her use of pattern, texture, color, and light, as well as informing the restraint that tempers these elements.