Au Pied</i>, from the series <i>Substrate

Daily Palette Double Feature--Student Edition

Art in Des Moines

This week the Daily Palette is celebrating the art of Iowa's capital!

Des Moines is a city rich in art and culture. It is home to the Des Moines Art Center, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines Performing Arts, numerous art galleries, and much more. Many of Iowa's artists and writers live and work in Des Moines, taking advantage of the wonderful artist opportunities, writing workshops, and art events it has to offer.

Au Pied, from the series Substrate, digital photograph, 8" x 10'', 2013

Taylor Yocom, a Des Moines native, is a senior at the University of Iowa pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.  More of her work and community involvement can be seen on her website (see link below).

At the beginning of my trip to Paris I experienced a culture shock coming from the airport.  It wasn't just the lack of knowing the language or how to get around, it was the old architecture.  This is nothing like how it is here in America, yet one constant in urban areas held true: graffiti.  As opposed to just bathroom walls or alleyways, the street art took over traditionally historic aesthetics.  I was immediately fascinated by how the centuries old buildings became a canvas for such contemporary issues.  In Substrate, I explore the juxtaposition of the old and new and how addition can be beautiful, evocative, or both.

Taylor Yocom's website

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