Diane Arrieta, Ironed Maidens, Mixed Media, 30.3" a 12"


Ironed Maidens, graphite on gessoed ironing boards with vintage iron.
About Diane Arrieta aka Birds Are Nice:


Birds are Nice (USA-Czech/German/Native American) was raised in Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in South Florida. She holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture  (Florida Atlantic University, FL) and an MSc in Wildlife Health (University of Edinburgh’s School of Medicine and Veterinarian Medicine, U.K.).


Birds are Nice employs an insouciant use of a stripped down schematic characteristic of 21st century cartoons and animation. This schematic, together with the application to her paintings’ surfaces of ambiguous symbolic phrases and shapes (e.g., repetitive circles or triangles) invite closer attention, serving to intensify the curiosity of the viewer regarding the density of meaning implied in the term syncretism. Her female figures in much of the work recall imagery depicting the Disney version of Snow White (and her physical attributes “as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony wood.”) Snow White iconography is firmly imprinted on popular consciousness worldwide as the first Disney leading lady, surrounded by singing and dancing animals. Birds are Nice applies the same approach, giving the viewer a common starting place to interact with the work. Despite its avowed purpose [to inform and teach about global environmental issues], the overall effect is in no way directly didactic. 


The works of Birds are Nice have been exhibited in several museums, such as the Cornell Museum of American Art & Culture, The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, The Boca Raton Museum and the Museum Of Fine Art Tallahassee. She has had several solo exhibitions, including the Art & Cultural Center Hollywood and Palm Beach State College. Her work is shown throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. The work of Birds are Nice is in both private and public collections, including the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz (Girl’s Club) Collection.


Additionally, Birds are Nice has been granted the coveted South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Grant in 2008, and the 2010 Hector Ubertalli Award for the Visual Arts. Birds are Nice has served on several public art committees {to include Palm Beach County Art in Public Places and Art in State Buildings-State of Florida Cultural division), runs an exhibition program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Libraries, is the Director of the International Humanities Curatorial Lab (IHP) Project at FAU and maintains a studio in Palm Beach, FL.