Oil on Paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2019
Oil on Panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2019
Hand Painted Ceramic, H 9 x W12 x D11 inches, 2018
Our conception of reality is really just a story that we tell ourselves to provide a coherent narrative that we can place ourselves within. Recent studies and emergent theories regarding the nature of consciousness, the illusion of free will, and theory of mind shed light on how precarious our personality traits and our “nature” are. With seemingly minor trauma to the brain, shift in gut-biome, or the ingestion of a psychoactive substance, a person can be permanently and radically changed. It is this volatile aspect of our “selves” that has become a recurring theme in my studio practice, both in regard to content, but also in approaches to the work, which at times produce results that seem both unfamiliar and alien.
Arason is a Sacramento based artist and instructor. He earned his MA in studio art from California State University, Sacramento and his MFA from Stanford University. He has shown is such venues as Root Division in San Francisco, CA, Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA and GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA.