Arrival marks a moment of being, aligning a time and place in an eternal coming and going. Ari Athans sculptural and painting works are engaged in a lithic relationship of human and geologic interaction, in which landscapes and human lives are inseparable and impressionable. The stacked cairn-like forms appear as both markers and interventions, precariously stacked atop one another and shifting between rich pigmented tones and natural clay textures. Angled geometric forms emerge from the rounded and textured landscapes and stacked aggregations, suggesting both the past and the future of our environment is to be subsumed back into the earth.
About the Artist
Ari Athans studied a Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Technology Sydney (1988) and a Diploma of Arts (Jewellery Object Design) at the Sydney Institute of Technology (1994). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Australia and internationally including at Sydney Contemporary (2020); 15 Artists, Redcliffe Art Gallery (2017); Silver, Museum of Brisbane (2014); Freestyle, Melbourne Museum, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Object Gallery and Milan Museum, Italy (2007); South Project, Santiago Museum, Chile (2006); Self, United Kingdom tour (2004); Schmuck, International Handwerksmesse, Munich (2001); and X-Ray Craft, Queensland Art Gallery (1997).
Image: ‘Arrival 22’ 2020 ceramic, acrylic paint, underglaze, stainless steel base 66 x 24 x 19 cm