Ariel has trained with leading wicker and wire sculptors in both the UK & Ireland & is available for commissions to create beautiful bespoke portable wicker sculptures as part of outdoor art, parade and community arts engagement programmes.
In 2016, Ariel was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Maritime Museum for the Irvine Festival of Light, creating Bàta nam Bruadaran/Ship of Dreams & a Phoenix Figurehead, as well as extensive community parade development work with Ayrshire Youth Arts.
In May 2015, Ariel was the Banff & MacDuff Coast Festival Artist in Residence, creating a large 3D Wire interactive Wishing Tree sculpture, on foot of Community Creative Consultation, as well as facilitating a series of Community Participative Wicker Sculpture workshops, to the theme of 2015 being the International Year of Light.
After loving and leaving art at school, Ariel began drawing again in 1988, focussing initially on vibrant abstract artworks using soft and oil pastels. She later moved into facepainting and peformance art after arriving in Ireland in 2001 and moved onto studying Celtic artwork and the human form in 2004.
She received her first commission in 2000 from An Chultúrlann, Belfast, for a series of abstract paintings, still hanging in the Irish-language cultural centre in Belfast today.
After experimenting with the artwork on the stilwalking pants for an early version of her performance troupe, Na Fomhóraigh, in 2006, Maggie Biggs offered her a commission to design and paint 15 pairs of stiltwalking pants for the Sherrif St Halloween parade in Dublin that year, using both pre-existing designs and new compositions.
Ariel moved onto mask-design and sculpture in late 2007, her nine-horned dragon mask being her first artwork of this kind.
Completion of the stiltwalking pants for Na Fomhóraigh formed much of her artistic practise for 2008 and after the application, interview and portfolio submission process for the National College of Art and Design (NCAD ) Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education, she was accepted onto this course despite not having formally studied art previously. This is the fourth post-graduate course Ariel has been accepted onto in Ireland, despite not having a base degree, the former three being in Irish translation. Ariel contined her training with Belfast's Play Resource Level 3 Course in Community Arts and Crafts and is furthering her artistic practise in a diverse range of areas.
© Ariel Killick 2014