Ariel Luna Anais (b.1991, San Antonio) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Antonio, Tx. She received her B.A. in New Media and Painting from the University of Southern California and was a recipient of the Friends of Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, the Robert and Laura Fainter Memorial Scholarship, and the Roski Merit Award. Her films have been featured as part of Common Currents: 1768-1817 at Blue Star Contemporary, “She: Beyond the Paradigms of Pleasure and Peril” at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA and “Missing in the Rainbow: Portrayals of People of Color in LGBTQIA Media” at the Echo Park Film Center. She has been included in solo exhibitions with the Haus of ATM and in numerous other exhibitions and screenings including: Heart of Art Gallery (solo); La Luz De Jesus Gallery; and EarthWe Gallery at Bergamot Station.
“I myself am my own symbol, I am the story which happens to me.”
The arch of themes present in my work over the past five years have been inextricably tied to my move from San Antonio to Los Angeles, and then back again. My videos began as an exploration of space and time though the use of abstraction and grew to explore the plasticity of memory through sentiment and satire our media’s insidious influence over culture. I use humor and kitschy pop-culture artifacts to invite my audience to draw comparisons between the past and the present, their personal traumas and our cultural wounds.
My process, whether shot guerilla style or in a studio set, begins with a loosely constructed narrative. The rest are collaborations with actors/artists/passive participants that at times have resembled therapy sessions (The Gaye Jolly Show), parties (Clitney $pears the Shocumentary), romance (Something Someone, Jr.), and history lessons (La Madre Santísima de la Luz). The resulting films are intended to be experienced by a collective audience as a performance in and of themselves; the ensuing dialogue and shared reactions are the capstone of the works.