Journey Within: An exhibition of paintings by Yulia Kozlyansky
by Lydia Stetson
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Yulia Kozlyansky
Yulia Kozlyansky
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Yulia Kozlyansky began her painting career at five years old when she picked up a paintbrush in Minsk, Belarus. Thirty years later, she’s an accomplished artist with more than ten exhibitions under her belt.

Her new exhibit “Journey Within” opened on Sunday, August 11, at the Forest Hills Healing Arts Center. It was a peaceful opening reception with incense, refreshments and “the purest water you’ll ever taste,” according to the artist herself.

So far ten pieces are on display, with three more to come in order to complete the “chakras,” or energy centers of the body. Chakras is a Buddhist beliefs that each center of the body has a color.

Examples of these chakras are red for survival, orange for sexuality, yellow for creativity, green for love and so on.

“I guess I just found myself being with more spiritual people, which inspired me to learn about the chakras” says Kozlyansky, a recipient of the Congressional Recognition Award from the Queens Museum. “I wanted to know what all these colors meant, so I looked through books and learned something new!”

Kozlyansky paints each piece in a similar manner but with different themes.

She starts each piece using one specific color of the chakra and creates a spiral. Alongside the spiral, she paints personal images in each piece that represent the functions of each chakra. For example, she painted an owl for wisdom and a jaguar for survival.

Spirals were a huge source of inspiration for the artist and Forest Hills resident. A spiral cannot only represent cosmic rhythms in the universe, but also cycles in nature that exist within an individual, according to Kozlyansky.

The entire exhibit took Kozlyansky a year to complete. Each piece is made from acrylic paint and Swarovski crystals, which add to the “luminosity and shimmer” of the image.

The zen venue coincides with the theme of the exhibit, which is exploring, transforming and healing the body. Alongside the artwork, the Forest Hills Healing Arts Center hosts yoga classes, massage therapy, physical therapy and other workshops, including a painting wprkshop taught by Kozlyansky herself.

“As an artist and healer, I hope my paintings can instill hope, courage and creativity to those who view them,” she said. “It is my humble way of bringing a little peace and balance to our planet.”

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