In the mid-1980s, Sean Yseult’s name was known for co-founding noise rock band White Zombie in New York City. Before and since then, her exploratory variety of careers has always revolved around art, music, and the beauty of decay.
Now, Yseult is prepping her first solo show in New York City. Titled Retrospective, the collection of her photography will be shown at Sacred Gallery NYC from early November through the end of the year.
A daughter of Raleigh, North Carolina, Yseult was raised with all the support a budding artist could want from what she describes as ‘very bohemian, hippie, art-supporting parents.’ Her childhood was musical immersion as far back as she can remember. She was performing in public before she was eight years old. This artistic depth won her a scholarship to Parsons School of Design, in New York City, where she would spend nearly a decade before moving to New Orleans and photography, both of which she calls her true home.
It’s New Orleans that largely informs the work she’s showing in Retrospective. Her photography is described as being influenced by burlesque, Vaudeville, and a little bit haunted. She cites artist Edward Gorey, photographer Ernest Bellocq, and Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans as major inspirations.
Retrospective includes some of her photography from her time touring with White Zombie, as well as works from her more recent collections, such as Sex&Death&Rock&Roll (2012), Mississippi Mermaids (2013), and Soirée D’evolution: Tableaux Vivants Et Nature Mortes (2015).
Sean Yseult’s Restropective is featured at Sacred Gallery NYC, 424 Broadway #2, New York, NY until December 31, 2015.