I'm excited to share my inteview with Costa Rican artist Ariela Kader as part of an effort to highlight amazing humans and the work they're passionate about. If you didn't catch the photos from our shoot, you can scroll through our instagram @renehabie or checkout our lookbook. Photographing Ariela has been one of my favorite collaborations yet! Access to her amazing ideas, art, and trove of treasures to use as props made for a glorious day of (fake) flamingo wearing, bubble blowing, emoji bathing, fire-starting, eye-blinking magic!
When did you realize that art making was something you had to do?
Can you describe your background and some of the experiences that led to your creative process?
Being able to see your reality in a different way, a way that makes more sense to you, that makes you happier.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
That it is way more proactive to do something about the things that bother you rather than complaining about them. That even from the worst things and/or moments you can get something good out of it. That every problem is a challenge and an opportunity it is just a matter of switching your perspective. That if I teach you how trash bags can become characters by just writing something on them and that trash can be cleaned and transformed into something beautiful and/or functional, then you will never be able to see trash the same way. Same can happen with anything you want to transform, it is just a matter of interest, commitment and dedication.
What is it about trash that compels you to work with those materials?
Everyone always complains about it and sees it as something extremely negative. Trash happens and will most likely always happen so make the best out of it! That is why I decided to work with everyone's problem and everyone's resource and transform it into art and teach others how to do it as well.
How has teaching influenced your art-making? Can you talk a little bit about your background as a teacher and what motivated you to teach?
Teaching has allowed me to experience the power of art, education and art education. I taught a few after school art classes for a year at the Children's Museum of the Arts in TriBeCa, New York and I really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it, but my favorite teaching experiences have been those where I give workshops on how to transform trash/waste into art because I truly enjoy being a part of this process where [participants] first don't really understand why I chose trash as the material for art making, and then they enter in this explorative phase where nothing is wrong and everything is accepted, and then the next class they bring a different kind of trash because they thought of something cool that they could do with it. That is what I am talking about, my definition of success in these workshops is not whether they continue transforming their waste or not but simply to understand and remember the potential for transformation that exists in every single piece of trash. "One man's trash is another man's treasure" =)
What role do you think the artist plays in society? (Either a specific society or in general terms)
What are your plans for the next year or two?