Missouri State University
Vonda Yarberry

Vonda Yarberry

  • Professor
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • MFA, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the

Steampunk inspires artist's latest project

Vonda Yarberry says her creative research is "alluding to how the human body works – the messiness of that and the tangledness of that."

Blending old and new technology to revitalize Victorian objects into pieces worthy of a place in a science fiction movie is the idea behind the steampunk movement – somewhat inspired by the machines in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The steampunk movement also inspires creativity in artists like Vonda Yarberry, professor of art and design at Missouri State University, who combines video and animation to create anything but cartoons.

“I was working with these small screens, and I took them apart and let the wires hang out and incorporated the wires, the physical aspect of the machine, into what the imagery was playing on the machine,” said Yarberry. “You have this archaic looking type of technology that’s now supposed to do this sort of amazing thing.”

On her recent year-long sabbatical from the university, Yarberry was selected for two competitive artist-in-residency programs. She was surrounded by artists – many who were younger than her, she noted – that influenced this latest art project.