Janica Yoder

Janica Yoder

"…..I have come too think of Janica as a seeker-looking for truths in life and thus her work.
Something we do as humans is try to make sense of the place in which we find ourselves; we pose questions and look for answers. Janica puts the inquiry right before our eyes, showing to us the same objects we see all around us except that they have been transformed by her lyrical way of seeing. Her work frames and makes visible the elemental material of our sensuous imaginations and primal emotions. From one view, her combined-image pieces seem to propose deep connections or continuity among things in the world that appear on their surface discontinuous and unrelated and, from another they seem like free-associating components of allegories of the mind and the senses. The color and texture can be at once luscious, chilling; the rendering of space and for can be voluptuous and stark.
At the core of Janica’s unwavering dedication to working is an absolute need to be doing the
work no matter what. Her tenacity, passion, and creative imagination promise to bring us more of this beautiful and profound inquiry.”
—Constance White
Adjunct Associate Professor
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

“……In her work, Yoder makes a highly personal poetic journey which begins with the camera as recorder of objective reality but shifts towards the subjective as she delves into the elusive realm of her own psyche. Whiles the images she uses function as symbols, deeply connected to her and drawn from her environment and life, their significance or meaning for her is often unconscious. Yoder says she doesn’t like to analyze her images lest the tension of the work be diminished, and she acknowledges that the works will have their own meaning for viewers. Yoder focuses attention on the extraordinary richness of the everyday world and at the same time transcends her subjects by creating a timeless space in which the visual and the ethereal,
the physical and the spiritual are united and revealed.”
-James Jay Jensen, Chief Curator,
formerly of the Contemporary Museum of Art in Honolulu and then The Honolulu Museum. Honolulu, HI

Selected Collections

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
Lamar Dodd Art Center at the LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
The"Corcoran Legacy Collection" at the Katzen Museum at the American University, Washington DC
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI
Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, VT
Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI