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Following on from past collections, LEMAIRE continues to showcase visual and figurative motifs
through capsule wardrobes that meld pictorial surfaces with the body in motion.
An artist with an elusive biography and a brief, late-life career, Joseph Elmer Yoakum was born to parents of Cherokee and African-American descent and embraced his dual heritage. He freely described himself as an "old Black man" guided by God, and claimed to have visited every continent except for Antarctica as a hobo and a stowaway. The self-taught artist most likely worked from memory, producing several thousand immersive full-page drawings retracing a wandering life spent
on the road. He first traveled as a child with a circus, then as a young man with the army during the First World War (including to France), and then in his later life alone by train across the American West, before settling down in Chicago at the age of 70 and devoting his time to art. His work now forms part of several public collections has been presented at a number of solo and group shows. This year the Museum of Modern Art is holding the first major exhibition of his art in 25 years : Joseph Yoakum : What I Saw.
LEMAIRE has created series of light silk and cotton pieces with elemental forms, from the vibrant drawings of Native American folk artist Joseph Yoakum [1890-1972], whose tranquil landscapes were inspired by his travels. The wardrobe comprises a rectangle dress, a T-shirt dress, halternecks, shirts and accessories (quilted blanket-skirt, bag and scarf). It draws from the evocative poetic power of these faraway landscape-worlds with postcard titles: Mt. Galdhopiggen of Hardangervidda Glacier near Dombas, In Black Mountain Range Near Montgomery Alabama South, Mound Valley, Kansas and Mt. Lizard Head in San Juan Mtn Range near Silverton Colorado.