100 Creatives 2012: Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media

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Even by an artist's standard, Ariane Roesch gets her hands into some unconventional stuff, ranging from fancy-pants light installations to solo ukulele performances.

As of the beginning of 2012, Roesch is the main gal behind UNIT, an online store "for limited edition prints, products, and publications by emerging and established artists," she says.

She'll be showcasing some work from UNIT artists at her mother's spot, Gallery Sonja Roesch, which is still going strong at its location on Caroline Street.

What she does? Roesch has presented soft sculptures sewn out of fabric, installations with light wire, ink drawings and ukulele gigs.

There there's UNIT, which will showcase items from the online store in the "What's In Store" exhibit at Gallery Sonja Roesch from July 14 through August 25.

About UNIT's M.O., Roesch says, "Since I often work in limited editions, I wanted to create a space that features a variety of artists also working in editions."

Why she likes it? The absence of boredom while creating, explains Roesch.

"I'm constantly working on new projects, creating new pieces, researching content, a new technique or hunting for new materials," she says. "Since I create site-specific installations, I also travel to various places and meet new people. You are always expanding your community and sharing experiences."

What inspires her? Questions more than answers, and how she may be able to figure out those questions.

Roesch says, "I'm interested in the human situation and how the human drive is not only to make things work but to constantly better the functionality of an object or system as well as ourselves.

"Though if we are always searching, looking for something better, when are we satisfied? And most importantly what are we looking for? I would say these two questions are like a diving board for what interests or inspires me, says Roesch, who adds that other influences are design-oriented, ranging from interior, architectural and structural to civic and graphic.

If not this, then what? "Train my dogs to be 'Best in Show,'" she says.

If not here, then where? A modern mobile home in Joshua Tree, California.

What's next? Roesch's "PLAYMATES" is currently on display at Box 13 ArtSpace through June 23. According to the exhibit statement, the series of felt sculptures of early personal computers "addresses issues of advertising, labor, and our use of technological items."

There's also the UNIT exhibit in July/August as well as solo exhibition in October at Redbud Gallery.

More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker Philip Hayes, actor Patrick Palmer, painter Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer John Tyson, actor Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music Laura Burlton, photographer David Peck, fashion designer Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor Katya Horner, photographer Johnathan Felton, artist Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer Carol Simmons, hair stylist Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet Greg Carter, director Kenn McLaughlin, theater director Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist Susie Silbert, crafts Lauralee Capelo, hair designer Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director J.J. Johnston, theater director Mary Margaret Hansen, artist Richard Tallent, photographer Viswa Subbaraman, opera director Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist Sonja Roesch, gallery owner Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor Sandy Ewen, musician Camella Clements, puppeteer Wade Wilson, gallery owner Magid Salmi, photographer Carl Williams, playwright

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