Have you heard of Yolanda Sanchez?

Yolanda Sanchez is a wonderful artist whose work I saw at the Chicago event Artropolis at the Merchandise Mart. Her bio/Artist statement on the site states –

Cast All Your Votes for Dancing, 2009, oil on canvas, 70 x 60 inches

“The experience of love is as close as most of us get, after childhood’s end, to feeling that we are not bound by our skin, that the circumference of self can be moved or penetrated or dissolved in union with another–our surrender to love is a touching of skin to cancel out that boundary. (Nachmanovitch)”

Coming Slowly but Speeding, 2006, oil on canvas, 70 x 60 inches

“My work, in general, is a search for re-enchantment, for a way to reach below the surface of things, to find that point of connection with life.  I want to engage the viewer in a sensory experience, one that is un-camera-like, un-computer-like.  My goal is to nudge the viewer into a deeper experience of the present, where the “circumference of self” is dissolved – to provide a moment of contemplation without literally telling a story.”

All Things Must Pass, 2005, , 2009, oil on canvas, 60 x 96 inches

“The current series, loosely based on a metaphorical concept of the garden, continues the search for “re-enchantment.”  It attempts to evoke an experience through the relationship of surface marks, the material of the paint itself and color, alluding to an abstract garden – a place set apart, penetrating the “circumference of self,” where awareness is expanded and the senses enriched. The works are constructed as a kind of palimpsest, a layering of forms and feelings, providing a point of departure with multiple meanings. ”

To What Listens, 2009, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Her work is abstract, bright, and completely unique. The colors that she uses are eye catching and engulfing that made her work stand out from all the rest.