Artists Chosen for EV Wraps Project
Two artists have been selected by a panel to engage with the City of Sacramento, EVgo, area businesses, and residential communities to use creative placemaking techniques to design a series of wrapped curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at two sites in midtown Sacramento (approximately 926 22nd Street and 506 14th Street). This project is a public private partnership with EVgo Chargers and the City of Sacramento (Office of Arts and Culture and Public Works), with the chosen artists being Melissa Uroff and Yoly Petra Stroeve.
Melissa Uroff is a California based artist and photographer. As a photographer, she works in alternative, historical and experimental processes including cyanotypes, gum printing, polaroid transfers, hand coloring and traditional darkroom techniques. She has a long love affair with mixing mediums in both 2-D and 3- D work. She often creates installations, works in printmaking, painting, drawing, electronic art, neon tube bending, collage, and assemblage. Melissa has several public art pieces on display
throughout CA, which include large-scale murals along with freestanding art pieces. She currently has artwork traveling throughout China in a group show with the GoGoGallery.
Melissa’s 2-D work is a mix between her personal life and a strange dream, it is often difficult to find where reality begins and ends. Subconsciously pulling from images of her youth one will find reoccurring themes such as birds, references to music, ferns, cactus, stars, and the moon. She then ties those images into her “now” with women placed among them as a stand in for her experience. There is always a bit of weirdness and exaggeration used to tell her story.
Yoly Petra Stroeve
(artwork pictured above)
Yoly Petra Stroeve is a visual artist and educator from Sacramento, California. Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and an American mother, Yoly has spent most of her life in the United States.
Her inspiration is to encourage and create artwork that is accessible to a diverse public: in its creation, its physical form and in its content. She is passionate about art education, collaborative art making, and art forms that intrinsically have a wide reaching audience, such as murals and printmaking. She believes in the ability of the arts to heal and effect social change in our communities.
Yoly strives to be personal and relatable through her work, while inviting her audience to see a subject in a new light. She also aims to engage viewers in the craft of the work, and hope they get lost in the colors, shapes, and strokes that make up the larger image. Sometimes her message is subtle, other times it is direct and didactic. Her style can be described as authentic, color-rich, dreamy, and folkloric.
Yoly specializes in illustration, painting, printmaking, mixed media, murals and theater set design. Her published illustration work has primarily been for posters, publications and periodicals.