“The artist is like a vessel, and before pouring something out of it, you must fill it.”
Julia iSABEL is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and activist based in Fairfield, Connecticut.
This painting depicts a Russian surfer in a gas mask who is a victim to the toxic spill off the Kamchatka peninsula in early September of 2020 that killed ninety-five percent of marine life in the surrounding seabed. With this work the artist wants to bring awareness to the issue of destructive environmental policies worldwide by embracing the idea that oceans don't belong to any country, but are assets of humanity. Keeping them clean is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Her natural talent, love for details, and an everlasting longing for perfection, along with a constant search for answers to imperative questions and an unquenchable curiosity in discovering and utilizing diverse techniques, make iSABEL’s artworks meaningful and unique.
Greta Thunberg: School Strike for Climate
This painting depicts the wast size portrait of Greta Thunberg in the front of her iconic signboard SKOLSTREJK FÖR KLIMATET. Greta is a Swedish teenage environmental activist internationally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change.
Whether these are epic, mural-sized enamel paintings, ancient encaustic artworks, or more traditional watercolor and charcoal pieces, through them iSABEL explores representation and brings urgency to the complex issues our diverse, global, and rapidly changing society faces at every stage of its development.
“I believe being an artist is a huge responsibility as Art is an incredibly powerful tool making it possible to get into people's minds without words.”
Julia iSABEL (Iuliia Rybchynska) grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and now lives and works in Connecticut, USA. She earned degrees in Studio Art and Graphic Design at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She has won numerous awards for her artwork and for her design projects. She has exhibited her work at Yale University, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in California, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in her solo exhibit, along with other galleries in the United States and internationally.
I have been a lot of things: a child born in the Soviet Union who saw no colors other than red, black, and grey; a teenager who had witnessed the collapse of a once "great country” followed by a complete desolation in all spheres of newborn Ukraine; a victim of assaults with complete impunity for the culprits; a student who has got a business degree instead of an Art one to be able to survive in a harsh reality of nineteenth, a successful photo and runway model; the wife of a politician; a single mother of three boys with unstable income and uncertain future…
iSABEL’s recent collection of artworks, “Into the Horizon: Monumental Art for the Environment,” supports the anti-global warming and plastic pollution movements and, along with environmental activists from across the globe, brings attention to the crucial issues caused by human activity that is destroying our planet and making it almost impossible for future generations of humans and animals to live in safe and bountiful surrounding. “Into the Horizon” is primarily made with enamel on raw, vast canvases by channeling the color simplification and dripping technique of Jackson Pollock into her personal vision.
The tremendous wave painting is created using an authentic artist’s technique “tamed drip” which is based on the well-known dripping technique of Jackson Pollock, but contrary to his technique, the tamed drip is more controlled which makes it possible to bring a subject matter into the imagery. The Wave is reconﬁrming the magniﬁcent beauty of the oceans without a plastic footprint in it.
“At a very young age, when I was a six-year-old girl, while drawing a flying car and dreaming of making people free to fly like birds, I discovered that creativity is the only thing that makes me unconditionally happy.”
A beautiful highly detailed watercolor piece that gives a real joy to the eye and call for attention on a plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. If we do not stop using plastic packaging, future generations will only be able to catch the beauty of the sea species from pictures.
At a very young age, when I was a six-year-old girl, while drawing a flying car and dreaming of making people free to fly like birds, I discovered that creativity is the only thing that makes me unconditionally happy. Starting at that time, my main ambition was to become an artist and designer. It just so happened that I first had to live one-third of my life before my life-path finally started aligning with my true calling.
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This painting is an another environmental mural that shows the plastic footprint in the ocean that our civilization has made. The application of the plastic trash is removable, by this the artist wanted to say, that it is all up to us, humans, how our oceans are going to look like in the future.
I have been a lot of things: a child born in the Soviet Union who saw no colors other than red, black, and grey; a teenager who had witnessed the collapse of a once "great country” followed by a complete desolation in all spheres of newborn Ukraine; a victim of assaults with complete impunity for the culprits; a student who has got a business degree instead of an Art one to be able to survive in a harsh reality of nineteenth, a successful photo and runway model; the wife of a politician; a single mother of three boys with unstable income and uncertain future...
iSABEL believes a woman's main Power is in her sexuality and ability to give life. However, for many centuries, and still to these days, the woman's Power was suppressed. By practicing shame and religious dogma against sexuality, by making woman financially dependent upon man while giving birth and raising kids, patriarchal system made woman feel fragile, unprotected, and insecure. This essential issue should be addressed in the social systems of every country to finally return woman her Power.
I was always curious as to why I needed all these experiences. Now I know the answer. The artist is like a vessel, and before pouring something out of it, you must fill it. Fill it with experience: with pain and joy, with sweat and blood, with struggles and realizations, with love and hate. You need to fly high and fall into oblivion, burn to ashes, to be reborn like the Phoenix. Only after that can one feel what is real and important in life. Only after that can one become highly responsive to any situation that happens in society. Only the experience will make your vessel full of meaning, and you can generously release what you have inside on to your canvases without needing inspiration or approval.
The work represents iSABEL’s ﬁrst attempt at using Jackson Pollock’s dripping technique to create an abstract painting. This is a “classical” application of abstract impressionist canons to the painting when the subject matter is missed and all you can see is the record of the artist’s movement on the canvas. By applying the hand prints iSABEL wanted to bring association of the Prehistoric Hand Printings found in the caves all around the world as the first found record of Art.
I believe being an artist is a huge responsibility as Art is an incredibly powerful tool making it possible to get into people's minds without words. Understanding this, it is the artist’s responsibility to not just entertain the crowd by turning Art into an easy-to-digest feuilleton form, but to educate people, to shake the viewers into new revelations tearing apart their default way of seeing the world, while at the same time providing them with a safe environment that can soothe, enlighten, and heal through the pleasure of a visual experience and a reconfirmation of beauty and love.
Yin and Yang are the signs for two forces that represent the dualism of the world and the harmony between two extremes. However, the artist is discovering another possible interpretation of the sign: the beauty and the peculiar harmony in an universal struggle, the everlasting coupling between male and female, good and evil, light and darkness, knowledge and ignorance.
“You need to fly high and fall into oblivion, burn to ashes, to be reborn like the Phoenix. Only after that can one feel what is real and important in life.”
In this painting iSABEL discovers the possibility of being together with your beloved ones for centuries in the form of... trees!