What interests me most are the stories. We blaze through life like shooting stars, and we leave fragments of stories scattered behind us like autumn leaves. I’m interested in stories that fade in time because their stains didn’t persist. I like the ones that smear over everything like a splash of watercolor. The ones that alter the course of our lives. I’m interested in the trajectory, how we got where we are, where we’re going and what we become on the way there.

I’m a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Queens, New York. Originally from Haiti, I immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. I loved to draw when I was growing up on the island. Art and creativity were part of my daily life. I acknowledged it on the colorful buses, the painted buildings, signages, or when I walked by artists on the streets who covered walls with their artworks, hoping to attract potential buyers. But I never imagined one day becoming an artist myself. I loved to draw popular brand logos in my notebooks during classes (Nike, Chicago Bulls, Fila, and so on). Today, I’m a web and graphic designer, and after over a decade in the design field, I felt this inescapable desire to create art. I used this creative outlet to tell stories and record experiences. I sometimes say that artists are like mirrors, and as such, we reflect what we see in the world and our surroundings. I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist because I created work in different styles mainly, surrealism, representational, abstract, and sometimes conceptual. I’m currently in the process of developing a body of work I call Tessonism, that I create on crumpled paper (visit http://art.aridoux.com/what-is-tessonism/ for more details).

Tessonism: art, 35 in. x 81 in., graphite on crumpled paper

Dual reality is almost an out-of-body experience. It tells a story of a person who is hesitantly leaving a world that is familiar behind while crossing the threshold into a world that is unknown. It could be interpreted in many different ways, for example: to be bold and try something new even when it’s not entirely certain.

Dual Reality, 24 in. x 36 in., Acrylic on canvas (This piece is included in Portals and Portholes)
Citizen, 18 in. x 24 in., Acrylic on canvas
Disappearance, 18 in. x 24 in., Acrylic on canvas

My work can be found here and on Instagram @aridoux_art

Portals and Portholes includes works of art by 137 artists from 10 states and runs through Thursday, May 26, 2022.

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