About Me-Artist Statement-Bio

Yvonne Yaar has loved art since she was a young girl. She is especially interested in the medium of glass- intrigued by its transparency, color and light-reflecting qualities. She began her full time career as a glass artist in 2006. Her formal training started in 2003 when she joined the Glass Art Program at Salem Community College, Carney’s Pt, NJ. She also studied at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. In spite of this training, she is mostly self-taught.

Yvonne creates glass jewelry, wall art / indoor and outdoor sculpture. Each work is made in front of a torch, with a kiln, or with various tools used to manipulate molten glass. She loves organic, asymmetrical shapes, recycled glass, found objects and sacred geometry. Yvonne feels her art reflects life and incorporates themes of motherhood, love of nature, humor and addiction. She has lived on three continents, and believes this exposure to different cultures has played an important role in her art. It has helped to shape her view from multiple cultural perspectives.

“I carry a journal with me and as ideas pop into my head, I scribble them down. Taking these ideas and creating something 3-dimensional from them sometimes takes what seems to be Herculean efforts. It reminds me that the process of going from paper to actual sculpture often requires a lot of trial and error and a an engineering mind. Art is so much more than just art.

I also love the interaction with and the perspectives I get from students. We trade enthusiasm and inspiration, which makes for an exciting creative environment. I feel grateful and blessed for the gifts passed from my immediate family and ancestors- Engineering from my Father, Teaching from my Mother, and an artistic sensibility from my Great Aunt and Great Grandfather.”

Yvonne exhibits and sells her art in multiple locations in the Tri State are [NJ, NY & PA] and frequently teaches at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences. Yvonne recently received a large commission for AtlantiCare Hospital in Atlantic City, The Healing Tree (consisting of 9 panels of slumped glass, wall mounted in a two story lobby), which can accessed by a walk way from Ceasar’s Palace. In 2009, Monmouth Museum named Yvonne Yaar a “NJ Emerging Artist,” an honor they give to only a few artists every year.