— Ariane Schick

Ariane Schick (Ashford 1984) lives and works in London. She graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris and has a Post graduate from The Royal Academy, London.

Her work explores subconscious social experiences and activates muscle memory by engaging the viewer’s emotions and desires. Throughout her practice, Ariane considers narrative as a layered medium, using it as a tool and as a subject, when thinking about what societies and individuals believe, what they love and hate. She looks at it as a polymorphous belief generator in a state of flux; moving through space and time to nest in the imaginations of people or a society. This inheritance is always being recreated and changed, intentionally and unintentionally.

She employs narrative elements like style, structure, characterisation and plot as peep holes onto miscellaneous pantheons. Pantheons of characters, for example, feature anything from gods and mythical beings to celebrities and charismatic heroes and anti heroes. Ariane uses the concreteness of these embodiments as handles to encounter the values they circulate. With them she can feel out ghostlike foundational constructs, and question why we need them and how they order the world.

Her previous exhibitions include AND / OR, London ; Super Dakota, Brussels ; Magenta Plains, New York ; Alain Gutharc, Paris ; Smart Object, Los Angeles ; MOT International, London.

Ariane among others prizes received the Noilly Prat prize for sculpture and the Fondation Cini prize in Venice.

Ariane Schick – CV

Ariane Schick – Selected Press