Aletha Noelle Israels

I am fascinated with what seems to be a basic human need for ornamentation.

Color and pattern have become a cultural demand and sign of civilization. There is, and historically has been, an aesthetic undercurrent in society to adorn everyday objects and environments with decorative elements that do not contribute to the objects practical or symbolic function. Often, objects and images are intended to seduce their viewer based on purely aesthetic appeal. My paintings reconstruct color, pattern and forms based on consumer products into kaleidoscopic environments.

My paintings exploit a visual language that is used to decorate our homes and literally worn on our sleeve.

In borrowing patterns from visual culture the viewer is provided with a sense of familiarity when viewing the work. As a culture we make very specific aesthetic demands of the objects and environments we choose to surround ourselves with. As an artist, I take what already exists in the world and reconfigure it, in order to reflect our current place and time.