Ariel Basson Freiberg

Ariel Basson Freiberg is a Boston-based painter whose work explores the accelerators and brakes of sexuality through the body and gestures. “Trespass Daughter is the visualization of daughters reaching into history—bringing erased identities into visual fields of color and paint. Trespassing into patriarchal spaces, which they know they should not enter, is essential for all women in our multicultural world. Through paintings, drawing, and installation, I hope to speak towards the role as a daughter, shattering the images this role historically carries.”

Recently, she has focused on the interaction of the psychosexual body with vibrant acts of censorship. As daughters, we are viewed, and therefore view ourselves, as trespassers from birth. In this context, trespassing is not an overt action but a state of being. To reconcile this state of being, we both censor ourselves and are censored by the world around us. Exposed, erased, obscured, the body rides in-between worlds. The body’s vessel carries sexuality in public space while it continues to intersect with the private space of mind and home. The Bodies are grounded in artifacts yet erased when faced with the whiplash of history. The artist’s family’s lost Iraqi history is illuminated and found in physical materials to reclaim voice.

Born in Texas of Iraqi/Israeli background, has an MFA in painting from Boston University and a BA from Smith College. She has had multiple solo shows and including exhibitions at Miller Yezerski Gallery, Dartmouth College, Tufts Art Gallery, Danforth Museum, Montserrat College of Art and the Art Center of Macedonia. Her work is reviewed in ARTnews, Boston Globe, Big Red and Shiny, and featured in Modern Painters for the Tenot Foundation Bursary for the residency, Camac in France. She received a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2015. This year, "Amnesia" will be the cover of Definitions of Feminine Post Conflict Spaces. Additionally, Basson Freiberg’s performance and installation piece, love like salt, was featured at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.