We were lucky to catch up with Yuliya Gabriella recently and have shared our conversation below.
Yuliya, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. What’s been the most meaningful project you’ve worked on?
I like to express spiritual meaning in my art, so every piece that I create serves the purpose to connect with a collector and guide them through a period in their life. The QUANTUM collection that I have been working on for 9 months consists of six art pieces, and each one of them has a secret message written in binary code that corresponds with the art and the meaning that I was putting into it.
For example, “Limitless” (the black and gold piece) – the idea came to me when I was reading about Thomas Young’s double slit light experiment. When the light passes through two slits in the barrier, it creates a wave pattern from each opening in the barrier. These waves intersect with each other and create limitless “openings” for new light points. When you look at this painting – you are the original light source and the lines are showing you the limitless possibilities that lie ahead of you. The binary code message is a quote by Anita Moorjani “When I am willing to step into the realm of uncertainty and ambiguity, I open myself up to infinite possibilities”. That art piece will always remind the collector to not be afraid to move on, move forward, move up.
Other messages on art from this collection include quotes from Rumi “Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”; Carl Jung “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order”; Lao Tzu “Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force” and “The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long”; Desmond Tutu “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Yuliya, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
Looking back at my career it seems to be all over the place, but I’m grateful for every step of it which led me to the place where I am at nowadays, being able to create and unlock my potential. Before moving to US in 2013, I used to live in China, Beijing. I was working as a buyer for international companies sourcing various products ranging from clothes and accessories to restaurant supplies and medical equipment. When I moved to California, I created personal shopping and styling agency working with clients from Europe. In 2019 I felt that I want to transition into a more creative space and I designed the fully adjustable lingerie collection for my brand Bed Behaved that is meant to empower women and embrace the natural bodies of all sizes. At the same time I wanted to merge my two passions: fashion design and art, and I started to create hand-painted leather and denim jackets with spirit animals’ art on the back of the jacket. Being noticed at Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2020 gave me more confidence to pursue the wearable art career. Early 2021, one of my clients asked me to create the custom art piece on canvas, that’s when I had the idea to expand my art line from wearable pieces to contemporary art, using mixed media on canvas.
Alright – so here’s a fun one. What do you think about NFTs?
Virtual reality becomes a huge part of our lives nowadays, as a new way to connect, communicate and reach out to a wider audience. I absolutely love the idea of virtual art exhibitions in forms of NFT, the possibilities of creating digital art are literally limitless, – I would love to collaborate with other artists to create the NFTs in the nearest future.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The most rewarding time is when the client or collector understands and connects deeply with the idea behind the art – when it touches their feelings, when it makes them dream bigger, and think from a wider perspective.