The Adventure of Art
Pieces by Arielle Wolf
It takes preparation, dedication, time and skill to execute my elaborate precision abstractions. I try to tell a story with each artwork, focusing on both natural and man-made landscapes and environments, as well as the impact they have on each other. For source material, I use my photographs of oil and water. I am interested in the chemical interactions how they change depending on the setting and the scenery. For me, there is a sense of happenstance, a beauty in the little fleeting moments. Rooted systems, plant life, trees and fungi fascinate me. The duality of beauty and destruction is what inspires me.
My work is about continuous change and growth, tackling metaphorical and physical form. I feel it’s a metaphor for society. We are all part of an interdependent system. Everything ties together. I study the way that oil devastates the environment, but it’s beautiful when mixed water. There is a hidden beauty in these potentially destructive materials. In the Amazon, fungus is a simple yet innovative tool for cleaning up oil spills with few repercussions. Yet, fungi can be invasive, even devastating within other environments. It’s like humans. As humans, we build society, and then pull it down to rebuild it. I think we are slowly learning from nature and growing more environmentally knowledgeable, but we have a long way to go. The system mimics what plants have been doing all along, breaking down in order to rebuild.
My work plays with geometries and organic abstractions, deducing forms which move in and out of focus, building upon itself, only to see them dissolve. My art is for its own sake, but also serves as a philosophy of life. It’s about paying respect to everything that was here before us, and trying to give it back through the work.