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Arielle zia

Arielle’s passion for (or preoccupation with) art began in early childhood, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

 

As a young artist, Arielle’s professional art journey has thus far involved completing a Bachelor of Visual Art (Monash University), and the occasional commission, including a mural at Stillman Café in Richmond.

 

Almost all mediums are of interest to Arielle; however, she specialises in oil painting and enjoys this the most. Her favourite focuses are the human face and form, as well as colour-mixing.

 

Working with children, as well as lived experience, has shown Arielle how creativity can help creators process the things happening in and around us, and how art allows us to tune out of the hustle and bustle of today’s noisy world. The image created by an artwork is no less significant and meaningful than the unseen (and sometimes unspoken) physical, mental and conceptual processes behind it.

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Wish You Were Here! (2021)

The origins of Nostalgia lie with 17th Century Swiss soldiers, away from home, yearning earnestly for the alpine landscapes they had left behind. ‘Swiss Illness’, also known as ‘Nostalgia’, was initially seen as a painful homesickness; a deluge of despondency. Now, Nostalgia is more outward-focused, and holds more positive associations with brighter emotions, common experiences, and shared and personal reminiscing. Nostalgia is currently a moment of memory we indulge in, cling to, and want to share with others. ‘Wish You Were Here!’ is a series of paintings which aims to invoke both aspects of Nostalgia in a bittersweet collection.

 

My granddad is from New Zealand, so my family is blessed to have been able to travel there numerous times over the years. These paintings are reiterations of photographs from various times people close to me have been there – some with whom I no longer have much contact. New Zealand is my equivalent of the scenery those Swiss soldiers longed for – or is it the fading memories of these key figures in my life? These stunning, stable landscapes largely exist in my mind only as figurative, oily memories – as do some of the people featured. I’m intrigued that the most consistent and vivid part of these physical and mental images is the backing scenery of New Zealand, rather than the people in the foreground. The memory of the people fades, while I can always return to New Zealand and see these locations the same as they were last time. So I must ask myself, is this Nostalgia for homeland as a place I miss, or a longing for the people I grew with as a child?

Arielle isn't selling her original artworks during this exhibition but has some art merchandise ready for purchase at our bar. Please visit the bar to see what is available.