Ari Eshoo is a New York based artist with a Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts. Below is my artist statement:
Relationships are fragile and complex. Even casual social exchanges with the cashier at a deli can be flecked with sideways glances, facades or genuine sincerity. It is difficult enough (and this is a gross understatement) to unearth the clouded veils that prevent one from attaining self knowledge, let alone trying to understand the subtle nuances in another person. Language offers the freedom to break down some of these walls; however, there are not enough words to honestly describe many thoughts and feelings that run through one’s mind. Do these barriers make forming relationships an impossible feat, or, is it these barriers that unite us?
I take cues from sitcom sets and theater props when making objects. I use the spatial shallowness in stages and TV sets as a metaphor for emotional shallowness and depth. Like props, my objects often have two distinct "sides," creating a level of expectation or anticipation for continuity and a surprise or disappointment in the actuality. Like parallel lines the two sides will forever share a relationship without meeting - like a dog chasing its tail, the objects are faced with hope and dead ends.
I employ images of self reflection; such as puddles and darkened windows (looking out becomes looking in when it is dark outside and you can see the interior instead of the exterior). I am also fascinated by the parts of the face that one can see (the nose, cheekbone and brow) and the distorted views of the body from different perspectives. The leaps of faith we must take or the paranoia we endure due to the limitations of our perspectives and vision is of great interest to me, and taps into ideas about what it is like to be a body as opposed to being in a body.
I also have a blog, in which I interview other artists to establish a community, gain different perspectives and spread ideas!