We had the good fortune of connecting with Aryana Londir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aryana, how do you think about risk?
Although many have said they admire me for “taking risks,” I know no other way to live. I believe the concept of “risk taking” is dependent upon how one wishes to live and experience the opportunities with which we are presented. I have moved to new cities solo, never thinking twice about it; many wouldn’t. I have traveled internationally solo; many wouldn’t. Of course I did my research and not acted impetuously, yet I have been branded as brave or courageous for my choices. My life, relationships and friendships are tremendously enriched by my experiences. If I chose to go with the flow and not experience the richness of life, I would only have disappointed myself. My work as an artist has grown tremendously as a result of my life experiences. Had I continued in the status quo, I would never know what I am capable of….and so much more to go!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, I have been fortunate to create meaningful work in various media. For me, if my work doesn’t have a solid foundation and contributes to the world, it has no meaning. I have explored socio/political issues, primarily overcrowding and overpopulation. As I progress in my life, looking deeper becomes more meaningful. How I have evolved as a being is measurable in my connection to the earth, its beings, the decisions I make, my relationships and the roads I travel. My work centers on balance, harmony and the integration of contradiction/contrast and the opposition of themes, color and form. Color intrigues me. Brash/vibrant/bold. Quiet/moody/detached. Atmospheric and energetic; color is the vehicle in which our innermost experiences are brought to the surface and experienced. The division of shapes and spaces fascinates me. As human beings, we divide the spaces in which we live, work and play. My abstract compositions play with the division of space and how spaces and shapes relate to each other. I work in the abstract by choice; it challenges me, and invites the viewer to evoke their own personal experiences and emotions. Working in textiles is part of my soul, my being, my spirit. It’s tactile, soft, warm, and oh so invitingly sensual.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Phoenix is truly a magical city. We have it all, from the bustle of the central city to the more secluded areas of the desert. We have fabulous restaurants….great patio dining. A few great museum – the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, our very own Musical Instrument Museum, a great Science Center with a planetarium and many other smaller venues. Music! Everything from the big arenas to intimate jazz clubs. Theater! Movies! Did I mention hiking? We have a vibrant downtown, complete with ice skating. I am not certain if a week is enough.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people and places have been important in my development as an artist and person. To name any one in particular would not accomplish anything; it’s the combination of people, places and things that have created my life. I love them all and are grateful for both the obstacles and successes.