by Nathaniel Tower
Here is a sneak peak at the cover art for the Post-Experimentalism issue. We think Sandra Yagi’s beautiful painting captures the spirit of P-E quite well, and we’re really looking forward to seeing it on the cover of the print issue.
More about Sandra Yagi:
Yagi was raised in suburban Denver Colorado, the oldest of a typical suburban middle class family. From an early age, she loved science, especially biology, and drawing.
Yagi’s parents instilled in her an ethics of getting a “useful” education because of their concern for monetary and domestic stability, a result of their internment with other Japanese Americans during WWII. Their definition of a “useful” education, included fields such as business, engineering or science. Art and liberal arts were out of the question.
Yagi therefore put art aside, obtained a Masters in Business Administration and stepped into the corporate world, putting in 27 years at major financial institutions. However, due to the pent up need to create, she took up drawing and painting again at age 32 while still working in finance.
She relocated for her employer and moved to Los Angeles, and then San Francisco. The creative and eclectic climate in San Francisco is a catalyst for bringing about the current direction of her work. She left corporate servitude behind for good in 2008 and became a full time artist. She now works out of her studio in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.
Yagi is inspired by science, especially zoology, and has a curiousity for the macabre. Her favorite artists include Walton Ford, Titian, Vesalius, Albinus, Caravaggio, and Delacroix.