"I strive to utilize visual media to its fullest potential-- to express those feelings, experiences, and ideas which we lack adequate language to convey verbally."
Much of human identity is constructed via external forces, though this is largely an unconscious process.
In Araina's body of BFA work, she examines the relationships between individuals and the entities which influence how those individuals view themselves. The scope of examination may also extend to how those edified identities impact interpersonal relationships and extrinsic behaviors.
Some minor themes in the work that reflect this larger concept include masculinity, patriotism, the digital age, religion, loneliness, consumerism, and cultural nostalgia. A variety of media, such as oil painting, photography, video, and sculpture are employed to construct a thorough exploration of identity as a labyrinthine psychological landscape, without the communicative restrictions inherent within any single medium.
Araina Leatherock is a multimedia artist from Edmond, OK. She graduated with her BFA in painting in Spring 2020 from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Towards the end of her degree program she developed a focused interest in photography as well as collage and sculpture. She particularly enjoys outdoor photography, still life watercolor, portraits in oil, and large-scale sculptural collage.
Her realm of artistic interests varies widely, and she is always ready to experiment with new media and adapt to whatever artistic skills may be required for a certain task. Career-wise, the disciplines of photojournalism, portrait or action photography, group-made art installation work, and general design especially interest her.
In her post-graduate experience, she intends to grow her involvement in the OKC art community and work on developing personal art. She plans to take time off after college before choosing a graduate school at which to obtain an MFA in contemporary art.