Ari Athans

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“Science underpins all my work,” says Ari Athans. Geography, geology, and topography combine in her paintings to resonate with a sense of the earth and its timeless processes, to explore the fuzzy boundary between organic and inorganic. The physicality of her creative process – building up and sanding back layers of enamel paint, oil pastel and graphite on a mild steel ground – allows for erosion, oxidizing and layering, evoking the passage of both mineral and cultural time. Her background in geology informs her interest in the poetic traces of lost activity, fossils, and “subterranean imprints of past lives”.