Ruby Leyi Yang is an artist who is known for her poetic way of expressing her emotions through art. She uses mixed media to truly allow herself to curate the colors and accents in each piece that will speak to the audience. She has been an artist since she was young, but never truly stepped into her talent until later in life. “I viewed drawing as a way to express my feelings at a very young age. I was really shy when I was young. But the drawings I made I view them as dairies, or some records of my life experiences” she said.
She studied Philosophy in college but quickly realized the right place for her was the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to California’s Bay Area and dove headfirst into the art scene.
She really took stride in the fact that art was personals, and she too had a voice and a style. “The process of making. It often involves consciousness and unconsciousness, chaos and order, reason and feelings, intentions. The process itself is free, and you are being honest to yourself.”
Yang braved a path as a new artist and found her inspiration in many things such as concrete poems, Fluxus movement, Cy Twombly, Music, and Films. She pulls inspiration from even her mundane daily routine, proving she is an artist at heart. She allowed these inspirations to guide her as she began to experiment within the spaces of digital; media, real-life spaces, and performance.
Her newest exhibition, “Narcissist Echo” completely envelops all of her talents. She describes the show as “The show is about some thinking of love- Something you did you thought was romantic, but maybe it was just a narcissist echo.” The name comes from a Greek Myth Metamorphosis by Ovid, and is based on a plethora of real-life experiences. Presented by Yiwei Gallery, located at the Bergamot Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B2, Santa Monica, CA 90404, the photographic art gallery based in Los Angeles and Shanghai is the perfect location to display these pieces.
The exhibition statement was written with an artificial intelligence writing machine and works nicely with the theme of fictional short stories present in her collaborations. “I want to let people feel instead of telling them how to feel or in what way they are going to see the works,” she said.
As for the actual work, a lot of it was a collaboration with other artists to make mirror pieces of fragmented, fictional stories. She wanted viewers to connect with each other and the art. So, using these fragmented tales, she is piecing everyone together. Driving home the themes in the exhibition, installations of cinder blocks, chains, and engraving on pebbles will be present, exploring cubism and concrete poems that involve deconstruction and recreation of forms and meanings.
To exhibit her talent in multimedia, her paintings will also be available for viewing. “I think painting itself is a bridge that connects me to the viewers. I view this reality as a fictional reality. Making this body of work is also a self-reflection about love. By repeating myself day after day in the studio, I feel as if this was a punishment to myself, my ability, and my disability to love. Each work is a relief, a conclusion, a reflection.”