Born in 1985 in Providence RI, Ariel grew up in Stonington, CT in a family of artists. 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 lived and worked in Bergen, Norway before moving to Brooklyn, NY. 

She is a graduate candidate at CUNY Hunter, class of 2021.