Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO) is an artist whose practice explores the primacy of the senses as a means to gain knowledge about the world and to achieve self-awareness. Yanko grounds herself in a physical practice. She says, "I've always understood life through movement and my senses; I have to create something physically in order to truly understand it intellectually." Most recently, her three dimensional sculptural paintings have served as the foundations for immersive experiences in physical spaces and in virtual reality.
For four years, Yanko alternated between a residency at The Living Theater in New York — one of the first and arguably the most influential experimental theater troupes in the U.S. — while dedicating herself to her studio practice in St. Louis. Throughout this period, her work was showcased in a trio of solo exhibitions in St. Louis (2009’s “Wu-Wei,” 2010’s “Paroxysm,” and 2012’s “Permutation”) that coincided with major developments in Yanko’s experiments in painting. This September, her series of work "Elements and Skin" will be featured in a group show at Jenkins Johnson's new project space in Brooklyn. Kennedy will also be in a group show at Lewis Long gallery in Harlem at the end of January. She currently resides in and maintains her studio practice in Bushwick, Brooklyn.