This exhibition gathers 12 artworks—mostly on paper—created by her in 2012-2014, in Bethesda, MD. Ariane’s health problems began in 2011. This brought her time in New York to an end and marked the beginning of a new phase at the family home in Bethesda. Professor Jose Ignacio Abeijon Giraldez, the Spanish art critic and curator, shares his experience in his book "Ariane" upon encountering Ariane's work: “From this moment on, living in her home, `surrounded by love’, as she herself wrote, Ariane managed for the first time to make her life flow only through her being, and thus to find happiness within herself, rather than on the outside. Of happiness, she wrote: ‘No one can bring me my happiness, I have to make and nourish it myself.’ Ariane finally felt at one with herself, after many years lost in a merciless world, but which was part of her path and evolution: to find herself, she first had to lose herself, because, as Rudolf Steiner writes, ‘spiritual evolution is not manifested in the possibility of storing knowledge, telling truths or working miracles, but in the ability to correct one’s own mistakes.’ During this period, art was more than ever her travelling companion, something intrinsic to her. Freed from the need to exhibit and carve out a profession, she focused on herself and on the discovery of her essence, and art became a therapeutic tool with which to crystallize her real existence and advance in her self-knowledge: ‘No necesito ser perfecta.solo necesito ser muy clara y concentrada de lo que soy capaz y más allá’ Obviously, the change in approach had many repercussions on much simpler, intimate works of art that do not attempt to impress anyone, but rather set out to respond to a very specific need. The freedom with which they are executed is intimately linked to the pure and uninhibited expression of their profound sensitivity. Evolution does not mean a total break with the above. Ariane eliminated everything superfluous and everything that did not correspond to her being, but the essence was the same. curved and sinuous lines continued to populate works that seemed to have been developed and built organically. Paper was still her preferred medium, but generally in even smaller formats from then on.
Light Arrow II: Joan Hisaoka Healing Art Gallery, Fairfax,Virginia, USA