Photographer Aranka Israni
Aranka Israni’s creations celebrate the honest expressions unique to her subject matter. Her method is rooted in a deep compassion for the individual and honors the source from which we are all an extension. Shifting often between diverse cultures throughout her youth deeply sharpened Aranka Israni’s sensitivity to the non-verbal. Core to her work is recognition of the layers of simultaneous emotional truth, contrasting and complex, in her subject matter, as well as the exploration of the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Her images expose the power in vulnerability and the beauty of simplicity, and reveal the creation that is simply – human. Aranka spent a foundation year at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California before receiving her Masters from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has lived in Seattle, Toronto, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles and is currently living and working in New York.
I am intrigued by the capture, preservation and examination of moments between moments. My practice is deeply grounded in the alchemical process and representation of energy in transition from one expression of emotion to another – from one state to another. I seek to bring to the physical eye, the transitions that occur with such rapidity that they most often remain unacknowledged. It is my belief that it is these veiled experiences that are often our most profound. I’ve grappled with paradox and celebrated union. My experiences have cultivated a need to search for truths and consistencies within perceived disunion, most pointedly those that connect masculine and feminine. Union cannot exist without both masculine and feminine. My work is an affirmation. I am writing the language of our generation: the essence of feminine and masculine, and the principle of union. It is connected through the body and nature – the most universal form we all share. The body is our vessel – although limited by the physical form, everything it holds is limitless. I aim to uncover the sacred text of the body, through its potential – the potential of what it can do – through shape, form, body consciousness, meditation, through breath and the energy that gives it life. By understanding every movement, by expressing the internal and external geometry of the body – we return to wholeness.