Work From Home: Ysabel LeMay

For this week's "Work From Home," we hear from Ysabel LeMay from her nomadic studio space, currently stationed in Truth or Consequence, NM. Ysabel tells us about her decision living nomadically while making her art, what she is currently working on, and her daily practices that inform her work.

"Six months ago, I made a bold decision to live a nomadic lifestyle. So, I borrowed an RV, rented my home, and left all comfort and predictability behind. What emerged from me creatively was a strong desire to collaborate with other artists as well as experiment with new mediums, with a strong focus on working with a range of materials that are both man made and natural."

"I write religiously a journal every morning. The reason why I do that is to process my dreams, my fears, and the things I wish to manifest in my life. It really prepares me for the day, and it gives me a better perspective on my reality."

Growing up in Quebec, Canada, LeMay fastened her connection to the natural world at her family’s cottage in the northern wilderness of the province. But it was the jungle of the advertising world where LeMay honed her visual expression. After 15 years in the industry, she sought a more rewarding path for her creativity, refocusing initially on painting and then photography. She photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files into her computer and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. 

View more of Ysabel LeMay's work here.