Ariel Mitchell uses oil paint as a recording tool. Considering what it means to be making images with oil paint today, her practice lies in opposition to the evolution of the fast and free image that technology provides. Inspired by the intersection of the human body and the digital realm, she mines Google image searches, Adobe Photoshop, emojis, Instagram, and screenshots to form her compositions.

Born in 1985 in Providence RI, she grew up in Stonington, CT in a creative family and spent much of her childhood drawing, writing, and walking in the forest. She received her BFA from MICA in Baltimore in 2007, attended SMFA Boston for one year in 2009 and has participated in residencies in Vermont, Iceland, Finland, and Bulgaria. She has lived in myriads of places including California and Norway and is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. 

Click to read Ariel’s interview with Equity Gallery in New York.