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Wk 8- Artist Interview- Rhiannon Aarons


This week I had the pleasure of interviewing a women named Rhiannon Aarons. She is a thirty year old women, currently going to Cal State Long Beach and is in the MFA program. Her work is nothing I have seen before. She started becoming interested in art at the age of seventeen and sees herself doing it for the rest of her life. She got her undergraduate degree at Otis, and worked at a nonprofit organization teaching disabled people how to paint. She also did a lot of pop up galleries. When walking into the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, I was really confused because there were so many different art works and I thought that was all one person. So I decided to go to Rhiannon’s work because I wanted to know why she designed what she did.

Rhiannon is inspired through history and anatomy because she thinks that they are really interesting and cool. She would read books and other historical things to get ideas from her artwork. One of the works she did was something called Hecate. Hecate is a three headed skull of a goddess, constructed from descriptions in myths. Hecate is the daughter of the Titans, Perses, and Asteria and is the greek goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, trivial knowledge, and necromancy. In this print, she used something called dry point. Dry Point is a steel needle for engraving on a bare copper plate without acid. When looking at this print, it made realize how creative artists can be.


The rest of her printing were all digital. The Crate for Remain of Mythical Creature, is consecrated of earth made from the grave of Donna Reed and Betty Page and serves as an index of the feminine body as constructed both in anatomical illustrations and media representations. In Serpents, they were created using scans of illustration from original anatomy and zoology books in the late 1800s. The anatomy for these creatures are based off the servants in the garden of Eden, and the scale is represented through the measurements of Rhiannon’s body. These images represents the serpents as females, even though serpents are suppose to be depicted at gender neutral.


All of her printings took about a year to create. “You can’t put a time on how long it took” Rhiannon said, and she says “when your an artist, it is more about the research and findings rather than the actual painting.” Her inspiration is all around and looking at a piece of paper, gets her inspired. She usually gravitates to anything that is weird and obscure. Rhiannon is an amazing artist and I am really glad I got to interview her.



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