Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Yohana Junker has been living in Indianapolis since 2010.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Art and Spirituality at Christian Theological Seminary.
Her current studies, reflected in her own art, involve re-tracing the often elusive artistic and existential journeys of American Modernist artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Mark Rothko.
Junker’s work has been shown in exhibits held at educational institutions and city halls in Brazil as well as private collections in the USA and South America.
My artwork emanates from a continuous necessity to interpret and give meaning to life individually and collectively.
In the series Into Awareness I envision the paintings as thresholds that could invite viewers, by means of color and movement,
to visit intimate but forgotten recesses, and vital but unanticipated pathways of their existential journeys.
Here, I explore some of the polarities I see present in the creative-destructive-transformative dynamics of life:
* The reaction to suffering,
* The certainty and resistance to death,
* The yearning for hope, refuge, reconciliation…
My hope as an artist is to provide a transitional space in which viewers can populate the canvases with their own reflections in pursuit of multi-layered awareness. In some ways, it is also my hope that these paintings help create a space in which we can come together as humans to share, dialogue and confront our own narratives.