Ariana Sturr

"Earth Tones"
Exhibition and book. Thomas P. Kelly Student Gallery. Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA. 2015

Earth Tones 

Exhibition (Installation View) 2015

Earth Tones. Printed Book. 2015. Description: Book to accompany the “Earth Tones” exhibition. Collection of text and images documenting the process of creation, the exhibition, and personal reflections. 

River Beds

Pine wood, stone, aerosol paint, redwood

10ft x 3ft x 2ft

2015

Description: Two long narrow wooden boxes filled filled with water (water was removed after opening reception) and brightly painted river rocks. Water and stone, the principal elements of a river, are present but altered to achieve a perfected state of nature. The works welcomed the viewer to to the “Earth Tones” Exhibition, placed on either side of the entrance 

 

The Hive

Deceased bees, man made bee box, molded honeycomb trays, recorded bee noises

2015

Description: A sound, smell, and touch installation. While walking through “The Hive” viewers are met with mysterious sounds of buzzing, engulfed by an overwhelming scent of old honey, and an invitation to touch the honeycomb. Honeycomb and hexagons are ancient symbols of agriculture and our beneficial relationship with nature. In recent decades bee populations have been declining mysteriously, possible victims of pesticides and large scale agribusiness.  


 

Natural Fibers

Wood, adhesive, mirrors, revolving stool, various ground textures: moss, wood chips, sand, pebbles, astro turf, grasses

10ft x 4ft

2015

Description: A touch installation transforming the way in which we view ground textures through color, perspective, and place. The large scale vertical placement of normally horizontal surface textures disorients the viewer and creates a feeling of tension between the natural and the unnatural. The inner structure of the installation surrounds the viewer with a circle of mirrors creating a center space of reflection and contemplation. 


Center of Reflection

Mirrors, revolving stool

2015

Description: The inner structure of the “Natural Fibers” installation allows for a center of reflection and contemplation. When viewer engaged in the center of reflection he or she is forced to become the center of the exhibition. As one spins he or she can view peaks of the exhibition between reflections of him/herself. 

Scorched 

Hexagons

White pine, corrugated fiberboard, plastic bubble wrap, deceased honey bees, pins, styrofoam, aerosol paint, adhesive.

24in x 24in x 2in 

2015

Description: Series of abstract low reliefs exploring ways in which we destroy and manipulate earth’s surface.

Yellow Stone

Inkjet Prints

2015

Description: Photographic series of Yellowstone’s sulfur pools. Intensely colored in rich oranges, blues, greens, and yellows due to the absorption of air pollution, coins and other trash thrown in the pool by many generation of visitors to the nature preserve. 

Pollution

Hexagons

Medium: White Pine Woof, Corrugated Fiberboard, Plastic Bubble Wrap deceased honey bees, pins, Styrofoam, Aerosol Paint, Adhesive,

2 ft. in Diameter

2015

Yellowstone National Park is one of the world’s great wildlife preserves and the oldest national parks in the U.S. The idea of setting aside large areas of wilderness to preserve wildlife for future generations began with the creation of Yellow Stone National Park. When visiting the famous rainbow-colored thermal pools of Yellowstone one presumes they are completely natural and “untouched” due to the history and context of the entire park. The pools are so intensely colored in rich oranges, blues, greens, and yellows that they appear artificial, but without prior knowledge, one believes that Yellowstone pools must be completely natural. Recent studies, however, have shown that the colors are actually due to coins and other trash thrown in the pool by many generation of visitors – pools also absorb pollutions in the air. The incredible, beautiful colors are this the product of our pollution. Even areas specifically set aside for preservation cannot escape our touch.

 

Morality and Mortality

Hexagons

Medium: White Pine Woof, Corrugated Fiberboard, Plastic Bubble Wrap deceased honey bees, pins, Styrofoam, Aerosol Paint, Adhesive,

2 ft. in Diameter

2015

Pesticides 

Hexagons

Medium: White Pine Woof, Corrugated Fiberboard, Plastic Bubble Wrap deceased honey bees, pins, Styrofoam, Aerosol Paint, Adhesive,

2 ft. in Diameter

2015

Landfill

Hexagons

Medium: White Pine Woof, Corrugated Fiberboard, Plastic Bubble Wrap deceased honey bees, pins, Styrofoam, Aerosol Paint, Adhesive,

2 ft. in Diameter

2015

Hexagons

Medium: White Pine Woof, Corrugated Fiberboard, Plastic Bubble Wrap deceased honey bees, pins, Styrofoam, Aerosol Paint, Adhesive,

2 ft. in Diameter

2015

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