Ariel Mazariegos grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of New Orleans in 2013. Her work explores everyday and benign subject matter by using found material to fabricate facsimiles of equally modest and unexpected objects. Among others, Ariel’s most recent awards include the Arts Council Scholarship Award and the Valerie and Stephen Svec 3D Scholarship from California State University. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She will complete her Master of Fine Arts degree from CSUN in 2017.
At the threshold of routine and inevitable mind wandering, my memories collide with current moments creating new urgencies. My interest lies in extracting these banalities, where humor is the catalyst.
The materials chosen are often drawn from the overlooked corners of the everyday, just before they are thrown out, never to be seen again. I find charm in them and imbue meaning through their distinct connotations and self-guided implications. The compositions remain minimal, stripped of excessive visual content. As a result, a sharpened dialogue is created between material, process, and the language used – which is more fluidly thought of as a material itself.
Delicate subtlety and sincere humor undulate within futile suspense. Themes of longing, and impermanence emerge, acknowledging a passing state.