Arianna Richardson is a sculptor, performance artist, and mother from Treaty Seven territory (Sik-ooh-kotok/Lethbridge, AB). Richardson most often works under the pseudonym, The Hobbyist, employing hobby-craft techniques to work through an investigation of ubiquitous consumption, gendered labour, waste, excess, and spectacle.

Richardson holds a BFA (2013) in Studio Arts from the University of Lethbridge and an MFA (2018) from NSCAD in Halifax, NS. She was awarded the Roloff Beny Photography Scholarship in 2012 and the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship in 2016. Her work was recently featured in the December 2018 issue of Performance Research, “On Generosity”.

DESCRIPTION: Experience The Magic is a large, handmade tapestry constructed entirely from discarded plastic and consumer waste that has been collected by the artist over the past year. This tapestry is made using various quilting techniques, embodied with time and labour spent contemplating the factory-to-consumer-to-landfill trajectory of material goods. Experience The Magic is both a spectacle of consumption and a hypothetical and absurd solution to the excesses of waste material that cycle through our lives each year.