Amsa Yaro is a Mixed/Multi Media artist and digital illustrator who made the switch from journalism. Using sculpture and mixed media, she has created original works that stem from the inspiration she gathers from the culture of her home country of Nigeria, current issues, and commissions using a variety of materials which include acrylic, paper, yarn and more. Yaro has been a part of several vendor events in London, Ontario including Sunfest, Home County Festival, Earth Day Pop Up Market, the 2017 London Culture Days, FTLA’s “Hip to Be Square”, the 2019 Life As A Refugee Event organized by the London Cross Cultural Learner Center, the Annual Crafted Exhibition by TAP Creativity Center, and also curated the photo-booth and Auction table at the opening of Yaya’s Kitchen Commercial space, WOW Kitchen, and London Arts Live with London Art Council. She also teaches a variety of art classes at For the Love of Art. She lives with her husband in London, Ontario and sells prints of her illustrations and more through her Etsy shop.
The seedling of “Yuan, La Citta” was inspired by how cities have the feminine pronoun in Italian. We see the space within a border as feminine in many languages as well as how nature or the earth herself is referred to as ‘mother’. It ties into how home is where we feel safest or how we fall in love with a city in which we immerse ourselves in. She sits on the hill side, with the moon creating a halo around her as she lights up for the night, drawing us into her like moths to a flame, into her comfort or darkness, the duality of her face seen only when you step in. Yuan (pronounced “Hu-an): means Moon in Jju, the language of the Bajju people of Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Yuan, La Citta
paper and acrylic paint on canvas