As far as exhibiting at an airport is concerned, Arentsen says “people who are in a hurry don’t have time to really see what is going on...they catch a glimpse... and that is ok.” She philosophizes that “the paintings reflect their busy lives. It is a balance of history with current life, a sort of ying yang.”
Anastasia Azure received her M.F.A. in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and her B.F.A. in Metals from California College of the Arts. Her sculptures combine traditional textile weaving techniques with metalsmithing, utilizing a range of unusual materials to create works inspired by spiraling ocean currents and fractal geometries. She currently resides in Providence and works as an interdisciplinary teaching artist, jewelry designer and sculptor.
Azure credits the inspiration of her exhibited work to the magical and dynamic fluidity of ocean eddies she studied in collaboration with MIT professor Lawrence Pratt. There is also an intentional sense of wonder that she hopes gives busy commuters a reason to pause.
Aarti Kathuria founded the studio Hopskcotch, a design and installation firm that specializes in spatial installations in the public realm. Kathuria is particularly interested in the spatial dynamism of built spaces, and most of her work is tactile, interactive or kinetic. Kathuria holds an M.A. in Interior Architecture and Adaptive Reuse from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kathuria's artistic expression is inspired “from life itself, and [the] desire for my work to be uplifting, motivating...inspired by connecting with people at an ethereal yet intimate level.” She hopes
the exhibit creates “a lingering presence, an enlivening moment, a heartening experience, to feel a personal connection to the piece, even if it is for a moment.”
The artists were selected for exhibition by an accomplished panel: Lynn Harlow, a sculptor and former
GREEN SPACE Gallery Director; Touba Ghadessi, an art historian and professor at Wheaton College; and Erik Gould, an exhibiting photographer and staff member at the RISD Museum.
The Airport Galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers. RISCA is supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
All imagery are supplied by the artists. RISCA Press Release as reference.
By Sheila McElroy