Discover Local Artist: Diane Arrieta

Palm Beach State College’s solo exhibition of Diane Arrieta’s work, “Misunderstood,” Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, deals with the plight of animals, ecosystems and their struggle with humans.

Head shot Diane Arrieta

“Living off of consumer based, human-centric treatment of the planet for decades, we are now faced with real dilemmas affecting our basic health and well-being,” Arrieta says. “Unregulated abuse, habitat fragmentation, and urban sprawl are among the many problems that are fueling extreme weather patterns, climate change, unprecedented species extinction rates, and an increasing rise of infectious disease prevalence.”

Humans tend to think of nature as distant and not part of their everyday lives, she observes. Fast-paced lives rely on disposable items, fast-food restaurants and being confined in closed workspaces, which increase the gap between humans and nature.

“Til the cows come home,” mixed media, $3,200.

“The most common misconception that we as humans have about nature is that it is not under control of humans. Once we intervene, it becomes part of our world.”

“Misunderstood” highlights some of the endangered species, the environmental and social issues surrounding their well-being; her work is based on the misconceptions and misunderstanding of these animals.

“We need to step up and be heroes for the environment. We can either be hero or villain when it comes to the planet,” she says.

Arrieta utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. Her work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the frst foor of the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. For more information, call the gallery at 561-207-5015.