This week’s artist conversation was with Rhiannon Aarons. She has been seriously training to be an artist since she was 17 years old. She tested out of high school so she could continue her training. Aarons previously attended Otis College of Art and Design. She has taught portfolio classes to other artists and also taught people with disabilities how to paint.
This gallery took about a year to finish. Aaron described her creating process in a different way. She worked on the pieces that she felt she could put focus and energy into while working on other pieces in between main pieces. She included research in the time that it takes for her to complete her project. She got inspiration from biblical references and pagan rituals. Aaron gravitates towards things that obscure and the process of how history is made with a concentration on who makes history and how those in power have the ability to decide what is seen as important and makes history.
Aarons named her show Ex Libris that contained three different series’s. The first one, the Serpents was to represent the serpent in the Garden of Eden and she painted it in the scale of the human body. Aaron used illustrations from original anatomy and zoology books to create the anatomical structure of the serpent. When the artist enlarged the images the digital aspect combined with the woodblock, which represents the impact of digitization on media.
The second series is Hecate which depicts a biological representation of the skull of the goddess Hecate. Hecate is a three-headed goddess that has little description of what she would look like.
Overall this was a very entertaining gallery. Aaron was very passionate about her work and was able to describe her inspiration in a very articulate way. I enjoyed hearing about her inspirations and how she put all of her energy into bringing her ideas to life in a different representation that usually done.