Natural Relationships

Yomarie Silva O’Neal’s work is at the intersection between art and science that forces the viewer’s attention through a juxtaposition of natural forms and geometric rigidity.
Words by Sandy Lindsey | April 28, 2022 | People

Drawing on the sinuous lines of fungi, leaves, bacterium and diatoms, over the mechanical images of man-made vessels, Yomarie Silva O’Neal displays the order in nature and the artistry in science. “I use both lichen and fungi to explore the carefully crafted aesthetics of natural forms, as they are necessary for all life function,” she says. “I focus on the small forms that are normally missed by the naked eye due to their size and location. I want to emphasize the relevance of the microscopic underground systems on which organisms’ function. It’s through experimentation, observation and research that I link the love of nature and science in my body of work.” Her sculptures are always concerned with two things: the scientific approach to observing our environment and the innate beauty of what we discover. Her proposed sculpture for NYC’s Park Avenue will feature a wall created from multiple 12” x 12” x 3.5” breeze blocks;