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Mari Araki  Los Angeles, CA

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About Mari

Mari Araki considers herself as both an artist and storyteller. In her artwork, the characters become protagonists in an imaginary world. Obsessively intricate and painstakingly crafted, Araki’s subjects are drawn from a variety of places and inspired by a need to release her honest reflections of real life visions and fears. Deliberately flat, emotionless, and employing an adventurous palette, her imaginative vision showcases an ability to balance beauty and repulsion evenhandedly. In many ways, her work is an intimate psychological self-exploration of character. Through unclear circumstances and pictorial riddles, the viewer is invited to discern their own interpretation of her work. It is her belief that the viewer’s perspective changes and time seems to slow when something is truly observed. The creative process offers Araki some strange relief to the relentless, anxious weight of expectations and judgment. Through this is where she finds her entertainment and peace.

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"well the second picture gives me second thoughts on what its about.................."

"i love it mary ! í?¹ì??짱 ì?°ì??ã??êµ³ã??"

"Sometimes disturbing can be great. Mari's disturbing is interesting in a good way, as opposed to hello-kitty-cutesy-type-art which is disturbing in a bad way. I guess I like all things not normal."

"I love your work, Mari!"

"Mari I just looked at your website and you had a long series of peepol pee together or on each other. Daring. A post-Freudian analyst would have a field day with it. I thought it was some of your most unique work. Not obscene or sexual. Well maybe pre-sexual prepubescent or simply preferring to pee.The portraits are where we get to see your realistic work.You sure get obsessive about patterning sometimes."

"I love it makes me feel happy"

"In brief, a cartoon show on steroids and ecstasy. Way over the top and excellently done.DEFINITION OF ECSTASY--The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self; a state in which the mind is elevated above the reach of ordinary impressions, as when under the influence of overpowering emotion; an extraordinary elevation of the spirit, as when the soul, unconscious of sensible objects, is supposed to contemplate heavenly mysteries."

"Very enjoyable, even while being a little distressing at the same time. Echoes of Bosch and the impressionists, a dissonance I never thought would exist on a canvas. Wonderful."

"I want to go to Bunny land!"

"What's so great about being disturbed?"

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