My residency at the Armory Art Center has come to an end! I had such a great time teaching and making sculptures there!
Here are some images from my residency exhibition opening, along with some close ups of my new work.
New Work: The Prehistoric Circus
Elements of the circus in each of my sculptures represent the wonder in discovering prehistoric animals, and their amazing feats of evolution. The brightly colored drapery that adorns the broad back of an ancient giant brings about the impossible idea of a prehistoric circus; a tragic circus lost in time along with the animals themselves. Colors and intricate patterns are fading; the paint peels and wood rots away under heavy feet and wrinkled hide. My sculptures express the joy I find in the animal form while lavish decorations celebrate these creatures as the greatest show on earth.
The Pyramid of Pachyderms
This is really one of the coolest pieces of paleo-art I have ever seen! It´s really great! To show those prehistoric proboscideans in a circus fashion is really a wonderful idea. When I look at those strange and exotic extinct beasts in a similar way as I would look at modern circus elephants, it reminds me that many of our modern extant animals like elephants, rhinos and many more are not really lesser wonderful and bizarre than their ancient predecessors.
I’m a geologist and think this is brilliant! I love the whimsical approach and the very meticulous attention to anatomical detail. Ariel, I think you’re a prodigy.