Ariel Posh attends the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD where she is a Junior. She is working on a painting BFA with a minor in Art History and a Curatorial Studies concentration. Ariel also attended Studio Art College International during the fall of 2016, where she focused on art history and art conservation.
Ariel makes paintings from layers of threads glued down individually onto stretched canvas and wooden boards. The works are small, soft, colorful, and layered, with many people fighting the urge to pet the surface and feel the intricacies. Working this way allows her the nuance and fluidity of painting while giving me the texture and the purity of color that embroidery carries. Threads are physically perfect lines of pure color, and layering them provides hatched overlaps that are reminiscent of a van Gogh or a woodcut. She is interested in mortality and materiality, the implications of slow and process based work, and the relationship between threads, this process, and the subject matters she am drawn to. Ariel explores how violence exists in our lives, memory, and history, real and fictional, and the many relationships people have with death and the body. The layered quality of the works relate to mysterious subject matter or quiet tragedy, or how the gradual laying of threads contrasts with the grand, quick motion of triumphant action.