Personal, yet universal
Cora Yee's latest work, a step away from her usual whimisical style, centers on her relationship with her Nepalese husband
Well-established local artist Cora Yee, known for her decorative and whimsical style, exhibits new work for the first time in some 30 years in "The True Enlightenment of White Walls -- The Work of Cora Yee," on exhibit at Koa Gallery.
The show is at once intensely personal and universal in theme as Yee explores the deep love she has for her husband, Roman, who hails from Nepal. Yee utilizes archetypal symbols of the masculine and feminine, yin and yang, to illustrate the depth of her relationship with Roman.
A repeated image in the show is the butterfly, representative of the fleeting nature of life. Deep colors and images of snakes, lotuses, volcanoes, fire and water convey the passion of her relationship and of the relationship of men and women in general.
"This is a tight and cohesive show that discusses the relationship of love," says gallery director David Behlke. "It is intensely autobiographical, but it's relatable for everyone. It's universal."
"The True Enlightenment of White Walls" runs through Oct. 19 at Koa Gallery, located on the Kapiolani Community College campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 734-9374.
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"Acts of God" is one of the works in Cora Yee's exhibit, "The True Enlightenment of White Walls," on display at Koa Gallery through Oct. 19.