Cover You and Smother You is the latest body of work by mixed media artist Robert Yoder. This collection of collages and oil paintings investigates issues of fantasy, desire, and what it means to physically/emotionally connect or detach. Yoder likens the artmaking process to romantic attraction- a back-and-forth pull between powerful forces ranging from arousal and devotion to guilt, indifference and vulnerability. Fashion models are reassigned to serve as visual elements in his collages, covered beneath swatches of color and pattern, inverted and minimized. The oil paintings in this exhibit represent some of Yoder’s early forays into the medium, which he views as a necessary counterpoint to his collage work. As he states, “The collages begin with the real and work toward an abstraction; the paintings begin with an abstraction and work toward realness”. A sense of discovery is evident as pale colors appear to seep and pool from fissures in thick, white impasto surfaces. Yoder combines these paintings with found papers in a single composition, working from opposite directions toward a common aesthetic goal.