For this week’s artist conversation I got a chance to talk to Rhiannon Aarons. Aarons had formal art training since she was 17 years old. She worked with people that had disabilities as a nonprofit teacher. She also spends most of her time helping other people in the community.She is interested in the process of how history is made. She wants to depict how some parts of history just disappear and are forgotten in her artwork. Aarons is also currently a second year MFA student at CSULB.
The title of her art piece is called Ex Libris. Her works were depictions of skeletons and anatomical renderings of mythological beings. Her work was created by using a method called drypoint print and digital print. Drypoint is a method of intaglio printing that creates marks that fade slightly. The structure of the mark degrading serves as an allegory to a life cycle. Different works ing Literature and anatomical books inspired Aarons to make these pieces. She believes that a piece of successful art makes people look at everything in a different, more in depth way. She wants viewers to think deeper when they see her pieces. She wants people to look at them and understand the works in different ways, but also have to really think about the other meanings of the piece.
In one of her pieces, Serpents, were bases on the historical prints of the serpent in the garden of Eden. She chose these images because they all share a common thread of depicting the serpent as feminine, even though the serpent was depicted as gender neutral.
Her art pieces looked so simple, yet up close it was detailed. I thought the way she depicted the human skeleton was interesting. She made the skeletons have no legs and have wings. Her artwork was very mythological, which I find fascinating.
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