Interview: Ariel Vargassal
So we'll start with your name and where you're from and what kind of artwork is this.
My name is Ariel Vargassal. I’m from Mexico City but I’m based in Los Angeles. I’m mostly a painter but I decided to do this interactive piece, thinking about how I can give the message of the destruction of the bees to people, and people interact with the piece. It’s really difficult to do it in 2 dimensional work like the paintings, but in this case that’s what I decided, to participate with, collaborate with other people and to bring this piece alive. These are ceramics and they are individually handmade and hand painted, and then they just give the whole metaphor of the destruction. We as humans, we have the power or either help them or destroy them. So I wanted the public to come and document the piece, take pictures with themselves so that way the piece will stay for a longer time with them, you know.