Launched on the occasion of the special presentation of works by Diane Arrieta at Cornell Art Museum at Old Sq., Delray Beach, FL, this Online Exclusive features a selection of her ceramic based mixed media objects and paintings that spans the artist’s influential career and some of her most characteristic subject matter; endangered [or vulnerable] species that are struggling to survive.
Arrieta employs an insouciant use of a stripped down schematic characteristic of 21st century cartoons and animation. This schematic, together with the application to her paintings’ surfaces of ambiguous symbolic phrases and shapes invite closer attention, serving to intensify the curiosity of the viewer regarding the density of meaning implied in the term syncretism. The works elaborates the artist’s concerns on wild ecosystems and animals provide a buffer for human health. Unregulated abuse, habitat fragmentation, and urban sprawl are among the many problems that are fueling extreme weather patterns, climate change, unprecedented species extinction rates, and an increasing rise of infectious disease prevalence. The more animals that go extinct, the faster our problems increase.
Presented here is a comprehensive selection of paintings and sculptures that display the wide range of work from the artist’s career and represent a variety of series, including Patron Saints acrylic and hand cut vinyl on wood a group of 4 paintings; ceramic based mixed media sculptures from What Happen in the Forest, Doesn’t Stay in the Forest.