Ariel Kessler is a collector of everything.
Her collages encompass light hearted, colorful imagery in a whimsical world. Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and other children's authors and illustrators.
While in contrast, her photography lets viewers into her private self. Quiet, haunting and evocative. Inspired by 20th century female photographers.
At a young age Ariel developed a fondness for painting, printmaking and photography. Building her first darkroom at twelve years old while using her late father’s Nikon F, she took photographs wherever she went. At eighteen, she moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. There she became enraptured with small camera, street-like photography. After two years of focusing on this style, she moved back to her hometown of Boston to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was mentored by some of the masters of the view camera and was given the opportunity to work with the Polaroid 20×24 camera. She graduated with her BFA in 2010. She has studied advanced photographic alternative processes in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Savannah, Georgia.
She was a finalist for Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography in 2010 and has received honorable mention for Women in Photography International in 2009 for her self-portrait series, NY Self. Ariel Kessler was also the October Artist of the Month for Colortek Boston in 2012. Ariel's work has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including a limited edition, hand-bound book of her series Hour of Lead by John Steck Jr. of the Make Book Blog. She was also a featured artist on 3200K in 2013 and her images were used in their hand-bound book The State of Things. She has been part of the Beacon Hill Art Walk, Harbor Arts and Boston Artists Festival: Exhibiting and selling her work while assisting in the operations of the events.
Ariel Kessler has exhibited her work all over the United States, and internationally in Mexico and Japan.
Her work can be found in public, and private collections throughout the world.
Ariel lives in Watertown, MA with her dog and muse Georgia.
For questions regarding pricing, commissions and anything else please contact Ariel.