Yvonne Escalante received her MFA in Spatial Arts from San José State University and a BFA in Metal Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Her work explores themes of social and environmental justice. Yvonne draws connections between the degradation of our planet and the marginalization of peoples across the globe whose skills, livelihoods, and cultures are pushed aside by modern agriculture and commerce. Drawing inspiration from the not-too-distant past, her art refers to the time when industrialization first began to shape our modern landscape. Objects she uses seem easy to identify: their form indicates their function. Soon, though, manipulated materials and hybrid objects emerge to address paradoxes within the ever-changing American ideal.