Ariel Kleinberg is an artist working in drawing, painting, and ritual. Her recent work is an exploration of the allegories of good and bad government inspired by Lorenzetti, ancient Greek mythology, and the horrors and heroism of everyday life. She holds a BA in Ancient Greek from Vassar College (2009) and an MFA in Painting from the New York Studio School (2014), where she was the recipient of the Hohenberg Award for European Travel. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Triangle Artists' Workshop and the League Residency at Vyt and has performed at Jam Fest, the LIC Arts Open, and the New York City Poetry Festival. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
"Over the last two years, I have created several hundred pages and paper cutouts representing nightmares, news reports, divine forces, and the discoveries of research and reflection. This is my reaction to the deeply disturbing events that have been unfolding since the election. Fears and hopes, my own and of others.
These works are made of paper, cardboard, plastic, and foil, scraps and bureaucratic documents. They are single and double-sided. Some of them are provisional, scrawled notations; some are labored over, some found. I am investigating sorrow, rage, ignorance, love and hate. I am trying to understand the horror and heroism of everyday life and the forces that have always acted upon us.
I am drawing the great gods War, Greed, Wealth, and Tyranny engaged in conversation and battle. I am taking the allegorical figures historically painted by men and used by the state-- Justice, Liberty, Peace-- and I am re-envisioning these women as heroes and humans. I am breaking with the traditions of seductive beauty and silence."