Artist Statement

As an artist, I have been fortunate to create meaningful work in various media. For me, if my work doesn’t have a solid foundation and contributes to the world, it has no meaning. I have explored socio/political issues, primarily overcrowding and overpopulation. Contributing to overcrowding has been part of my dilemma ; working with tangible physical materials and the accumulation of supplies with which to create that work has made me feel more of an accomplice than a solution.

A recent move into another living space has also forced me to really look at what I have; and how I have to move it around with me. I am not portable with so much. I am not as free as I wish to be.

I simply cannot justify conspicuous consumption of materials and the storage of those as much as I have in the past. I will continue to work with fabric but cannot see any rationale for purchasing new materials; what I have will be what I use. There is no way I end  my work in textiles…it is part of my soul, my being, my spirit. It’s tactile, soft, warm, and oh so invitingly sensual.

I now explore other options;  into the world of digital photography I go.  Armed with nothing more than a laptop, a camera and a camera phone, I embark on another visual journey. Who knows where this will lead? Freedom to be, to experience the world.

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Textiles

I have produced three major series of work in textiles,  and each stands on its own thematically. Although I spend  time working with non-tangible physical materials in digital photography, I continue to explore work with textiles.

Color Impressions” series
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“Color Impressions” is a new series in which I explore the relationship of low value color contrast transitions in figure/ground composition. I plan to utilize analogous colors, but am open to new surprises as they show up.

Identity series
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“Identity” is my first textile series since “Compartments” in 2014.  I took a sabbatical from textiles and explored both oil painting and encaustic sculpture during 2015; and underwent a major life change that year as well.

I moved from a very lonely lifestyle and rural residence into a more populated area, and have since become a city dweller which suits me perfectly.  I have always loved cities..the energy, the dynamic and culture, along with the diversity, are so exciting

Compartmentsseries
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The series, “Compartments,” refers specifically to residential land usage  throughout the world. The concept began with my reaction to photographs of areas of poverty in Africa, where people lived in dumps converted into villages. The dumps were  colorful due to the preponderance of printed materials strewn on the ground. A great number of Americans live in abject poverty that is typically swept out of our line of sight. Low-income housing projects and apartments with residents too numerous for their intended size cluster in our inner cities where they remain unnoticed by most Americans. The families who live in such communities often survive on government assistance programs and have never known the luxury of living in a single family dwelling that properly accommodates their size. Their living spaces are congested and small residential complexes built closely together in multi-story buildings.

Conversely, we witness the effects of urban sprawl into single-family residential homes that eventually become abandoned buildings throughout our country. Politicians tout that all Americans have the right to own a home in the suburbs. Mortgage loans were awarded indiscriminately to masses of our population who could not possibly afford to repay those loans, leading to mass evacuations from suburban areas back into the cities from which they originally fled. Their American dream vanished.

More deeply is the issue of overpopulation in the world.  Statistics state that that world population will reach 8 billion between 2025and 2040.  On October 31, 2011, according to demographers, the earth’s human population crossed the 7 billion mark. It took only 12 years for the global population to increase from 6 billion in1999—and only 12 years before that to increase from 5 billion. Our planet simply cannot sustain growth at these levels.

The common denominator in each piece is the birds-eye view of the dwelling that illustrates the constraints of the inhabitants residing in their own “compartments.”

Photography

“Urban Marks”
    I have long had a love affair with cities, the grittiness of urban life and how we live and survive in those environs.This work focuses on simply, urban marks. Marks on pavement, floors, walls, what lies beneath our feet and next to us. Around us. Above us. Art is everywhere and yearns to be experienced.

 

“Do Not Enter”
    How do we isolate ourselves? With physical or emotional barriers?

 

CV/Exhibitions

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Other artwork may be purchased directly through my site.

Interviews

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Exhibitions

2018

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York

Material: An Exhibition of Original Fiber Artworks form Across the Country, d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA

Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Artist as Quiltmaker, Obelrin, OH

2017

Art Comes Alive/Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH

National Juried Exhibition at Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA

New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Fort Collins, CO

A Feast for the Eyes: Contemporary Quilts, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA

Global Murmurs, ExPERIENCE FiBERArT, Rochester, NY

Material Mastery, Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS

 

2016

Artist as Quiltmaker, Oberlin, OH

Urban Murmurs, Rochester, NY

New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Fort Collins, CO

Northern National Art competition, Nicolet Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI
Benefactor Award

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York

Patchwork Pundits Take on Politics, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

2014

Solo Exhibition   Harumi Yoga and Healing House   September – October 2014
     8787 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite 206 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Bold Expressions 2014     Northern California Arts Association

Less is More:  Small Works in a Great Space    The Mitchell Gallery – St. John’s College,  Annapolis, Maryland

Featured Artist, Artsy Shark   http://www.artsyshark.com/2014/03/14/featured-artist-aryana-londir/

20″ x 20″ x 20″:  A National Compact Competition, LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Richeson Small Works 2014

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, Texas

2013

American Craft Exhibition, Evanston, IL

Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

National Fiber Directions Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Kansas

2012

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York

Juried Fiber Art Exhibition, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ

American Craft Today at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts,  Highlands, NC

2012 International Juried & Judged Quilt Festival, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum

Second Place, Masters Pieced

Crossroads in Fiber, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

Strands, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA

Fiber Options: Material Explorations, Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery

Crafts National 2012, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

Celebrating Our Past, Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH

New Legacies Art Quilt Exhibition, The Ft. Collins Lincoln Center, CO

Tactile Architecture, International Quilt Association Juried Exhibit

 2011

Art=Quilts=Art, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York

Best of Show Award

Tactile Architecture, International Quilt Association Juried Exhibit

The Art Quilt Experience, Cazenovia, New York

 

Publications

Fiber Art Now, Fall 2016

Designs in Art Quilts, 2013 publication date

Urban Confustions, art and literary journal  2012

The Studio Quilt: State of the Art, by Sandra Sider  2011

500 Art Quilts, Lark 500 Series Art Books  2010

 

Grants and Awards

Third place award,  Art=Quilts=Art, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York

Benefactor Award, NIcolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI 2016

2014 Niche Awards Finalist

Best of Show Award,  Art=Quilts=Art, Schweinfurth Art Center, New York 2011

Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant Recipient, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005

Arizona Commission on the Arts Residency Roster, 2007 – 2005

Public Art Commissions, Cave Creek Unified School District, Cave Creek, AZ, 2007, 2005

                   Commissions Accepted

 

 

 

Installations

Boston Art Comp 6 and 7  Boston Art Comp 7 and 26

       Commercial Installation, Boston, MA  2013

Stanford University Art Spaces, 2013

Compartments-3-sm-Aryana-B.-Londir                                     Stanford University Art Spaces, Stanford, CA  2013