Meet the Artist
Ariana is a full-time student at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she began her studies in architecture and changed her major to pursue the Jewelry + Metalsmithing program. Partial to classical jewelry, she works in precious metals as well as bronze and natural stones and minerals. She uses a variety of casting and fabrication techniques to enliven the classical with elements of expressive gesture and sculpture.
Greek by her father and Bornean by her mother, her multi-ethnic heritage inspires her to study our multifaceted relationship with nature. Her designs are inspired by her cultural background and their rich and ancient histories. She finds that spirituality, despite its diverse interpretations throughout the world, influences people’s actions on their environment. It influences their methodologies of prioritising what they chose to interpret, reproduce and admire, in ways that are shared globally. This is what constitutes the classical jewelry formats that have always captivated Ariana and provide the blueprints for her work. In her latest collection titled Early Cycladic, she reinterprets the first sculpted representations of the human figure in Bronze Age Greece.
"My work brings together man’s structural command and nature’s inherent spontaneity. Living with beautiful objects that eulogise the natural world reminds us that we live in a wonderfully intricate system that needs to be cared for, respected and relished.”
“Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute."
EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS
ZIP 2.0, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, May 12
DUNE, REVE FOR A CAUSE, CAPALBIO, ITALY June 30
RISD J+M TRIENNIAL, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND January 14 -February 14