Surreal paintings merging female bodies with fish heads, ornate masks, and animals by New York-based painter Hannah Yata. The paintings explore the feminine form in terms of imagery and symbolism bringing along her own experiences growing up as a woman and the difficulties and struggles that she has fought.
The pictures forming in my head are ones of domination over nature, the struggle of animals in a changing world, and the effects of a changing world on the animals and humans. Women became the metaphor for mother nature as wild and sexual thing exploited and explored in my work, and animals became the subjects of examining abnormalities and evolution. Taking ideas that I had learned from ideas on feminism, I began to draw parallels in our ways of controlling and objectifying women to how we also think about the earth and its resources therein.+