Summer Yates lives and works in Philadelphia (PA). She was educated in Fine Arts to a Masters level at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Yates has received numerous awards and has contributed publications in several Art Magazines. Her paintings are an attempt to comprehend interior conflicts by reenacting them through a visceral task of painting. Ultimately, for Yates the work acts as a buffer, so that she may reconnect with her cosmic self. The imagery she creates is characterized by a celebration of dark and light, joy and sadness, or fear and fearlessness in the form of stories, bursting with bouts of tension and relief interpreted from dreams.
The rhythm of her mark making is just as important as how a mark looks on the surface; a visual dance appears. To keep it from becoming motionless on a two dimensional surface, she allows her construction process to bleed through so that there is a sense of interpretative mobility, a door left ajar. Yates labors like a surgeon, fiercely constructing and deconstructing layers of paint as if they were cells in the body dying and rebuilding, she treats the paintings like patients, each with a specific wound that needs dressing. The pulse of a realized artwork surfaces amidst the remnants of effort and stillness at play during its creation.