Art TrainingGraduate School / Ecole des Arts Visuels dÛªUccleFine Arts/Painting Department at the University of HoustonFellowship from the Core Program from The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The Glassell School of Art-Museum of Fine Arts Houston
What impact do you want to have with your art?
My work has a metaphysical dimension and as such seeks to awaken a spiritual longing in my audience. I want the viewer to look beyond and through the veil of matter, the immediacy of his surrounding and reconnect with the pure vibration which is the building block of reality.
Masson’s work explores a cosmological model of the universe wherein all things are aligned by a shared multiplicity of form and frequency. Upon first glance, the highly intricate geometries in her work recall that of architectural structures and ornamentation qualities attributed to the human impulse to impose order onto nature. However, all of her forms, shapes and patterns are based on a single geometric matrix known as the Vesica Piscis, which is comprised of two overlapping circles that create an almond-shape where they intersect. This matrix serves as a latticework on which she builds her many-layered works to create and endless variety of geometric motifs ranging from simple patterns to highly intricate angular forms which she later transformed, and distorted using a software. Referencing the cosmological tenet of Pure Vibration, Masson views each of her works as tangible frequencies which, despite their infinite variety, are nonetheless all linked by their origin within the Vesica Piscis.
Although born in Mexico, Arielle went on to study in Paris to complete a Master of Literature and Postgraduate studies in Linguistics at La Sorbonne.
After moving to Houston, Texas in 1986, she studied Fine Arts/Painting at the University of Houston from which she received a Master of Fine Arts in 1990.
She was then, awarded the Fellowship from the Core Program from The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She has been granted multiples awards, including the Creative Artist Grant Award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, as well as The Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House, M̩nerbes, France.
She has extensively exhibited in Museums and Galleries throughout Texas, France and Mexico.
Her studio practice includes all painting media and supports as well as wall installations. She makes her own egg tempera paint. In addition, she has extended her activities to design several major public art pieces for the City of Houston, and the Metro Light Transit of Houston, applying industrial materials like laminated glass and Lithocrete.
She currently teaches Painting and Drawing at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston in partnership with the University of St. Thomas Houston.