There’s something special about getting to know who an artist is — not just what they make, but who they are. Each month the Segmation blog features an artist who has incredible talents and a stand-out personality. Segmation’s artist of the month is Yukari Vlasaty.
Yukari is no beginner when it comes to art. However, the world is only beginning to see the fruits of her imagination. The resident of Los Angeles is passionate about creating art that has the power to both trigger human emotion AND give expression to that emotion. She knows that language has a limited capacity to express feelings, but art is unlimited in this way. For this and many other reasons, she is committed to the sometimes-painful process of being the best artist she can be.
If there’s one thing Yukari Vlasaty is, it’s understanding. She “gets” what art is all about. She knows art should not be created merely for the purpose of magnifying an artist, but for the purpose of ministering whatever it is a beholder desperately needs in that moment.
Segmation’s Exclusive Interview with Artist Yukari Vlasaty
You’ve heard enough about Yukari; now it’s time to hear from her. Read on to discover Segmation’s exclusive interview with an artist who is making waves in the Los Angeles art scene…
1. Yukari, what do you want people to understand about who you are as an artist?
I would like for people to feel my emotion through my artwork. There are so many things that I want to say or explain, but sometimes I just don’t have the right words to express what I mean. I use my art to communicate. I have had my ups and downs, and art has been such a therapeutic way to cope.
2. Would you say you create art more for yourself or for others?
I love creating art for others. As an artist, you want to be able to impact and move someone with a piece of artwork. If you can bring joy and emotion out of someone through art, then you know you have done your job as an artist. I love doing portraits for people and knowing that I created something that a family can keep for a long time. It’s a different way to connect with a buyer.
3. When was the last time you created a piece of art that no one else ever saw (or ever will see)?
I have several pieces that I have never shown anyone. To be honest, I have only really started to show my art to the world over the past few years. I made it a goal to be productive in 2015 and to have my art seen as much as possible.
4. If there was one art-related skill you could magically acquire, what would it be and why would you want to have it?
I would have to say, airbrushing skills. I bought a kit but have not had a chance to use it yet. One of these days, I will get the courage to use it.
5. If you could use only three words to describe your general artistic style, what would they be?
6. Of all the pieces of art you’ve ever created, which is your favorite? Why?
‘Fly Away’ is my favorite piece. It is a style I have been learning and experimenting on recently. It brings two of my favorite styles of art together: abstract and portraits. It gives me the feeling of chaos and freedom. I love creating textures. For me, abstract art brings out the inner child. Children think outside of the box and do things freely. However, adults want perfection and, as a result, lose that part of themselves that can just feel free.
7. What is your favorite color?
Yellow has been my favorite color since I was a child. I would never wear it or have the color on me, but it is my favorite color.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to share with Segmation’s readers?
As an artist, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the blessings I’ve received this year. I made a commitment to showing my art and I have been given the chance to showcase it in so many galleries. I recently became a resident artist for a brand new gallery located in El Segundo, CA (Open Channel Gallery). I participated in my first international group art show in August with Ernst De Jong (he owns a fine art academy in Pretoria, South Africa). I also have to mention how amazing it’s been to collaborate with a great woman in Chicago who supports my artwork. We are currently creating a platform to be able to promote and showcase other artists’ work.
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