This week I visited the Gatov-West Gallery. I spoke with Rhiannon Aarons there, after viewing her collection tited Ex Libris.
The majority (all but one) were black and white pieces featuring skeletons and anatomical renderings of mythological creatures. Although simple in color, each piece was full of intricate details that took awhile to really absorb. Rhiannon Aarons used digital methods as well as drypoint, a form of engraving technique in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed sharp metal.
She talked about how various literature and anatomical books inspired her to create her pieces. Although her works are in some ways simple (featuring skeletons and anatomical renderings), Aarons mentioned she wants the viewers to be able to think deeper and try to see the underlying meanings. She believes successful art is not only pleasing to the eyes, but should push people to feel and think differently. Having been an artist for 17 years, she’s had the opportunities to see and create many different things. Aarons found herself particularly interested in history, and the processes of how things are remembered or forgotten.
I really loved how realistic the pieces looked, even though they were anatomical renderings of mythical creatures. She used detailed drawings of the skeletal bones to create curves and loops. Aarons collection, to me personally, seemed a little dark in nature. Most likely due to the fact the pieces contained skeletal drawings, it was very appropriate to the upcoming Halloween.