Yvette Hess is an unforgettable expressive artist, writer and mental health consultant who lives in Mossel Bay along the Garden Route.
Some remember her powerful visual art and others hang onto her candid account of life, through words. Some will point out that she lives with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and alcohol addiction – and for them, this may be where her story begins and ends.
But through the public account of her journey as a woman, wife, mother, and artist – Yvette reveals more than that. She highlights the human condition that is present in all of us – diagnosis or no diagnosis.
Her story has been told by Cape Times, Cape Argus, Heart 104.9 FM, The South African Depression and Anxiety Group, Beautiful News SA and Mercedes Benz SA, Klop on kykNET & kie and in 2019 on Expresso Breakfast Show on World Mental Health Day.
She is an AVA Gallery ArtReach Alumni and a Kis Furniture & Society6 Artist. Amongst her notable work is initiating the first West Coast Art Fair in 2016, printing a limited edition collection of affirmation journals in 2018 as well as leading a team of passionated talented emerging creatives to start a new platform called the Young Creative Collective.
Her writing is documented extensively on her inaugural blog site, Yve’s Corner, a collaborative blog called Our Live Experience and now on her website. Memorable entries touch on being a single parent and being married with children, sobriety, manic episodes, sex, and suicide. Many await her first memoir.
Whether you are drawn in by the curly hair, the telling eyes, the poetry in her voice or the messiness of it all – this is Yvette.
And that’s not all.