Hi there! My name is Ariel Mencarelli, and I am the artist behind Interstellar Inkwell. I live in Florida with my husband Carlo, our cat Skimbleshanks, our dog Freya, and 7 chickens. I work primarily in ink and watercolor, though I enjoy throwing clay as a hobby.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a strong interest in drawing and painting. I excelled in art courses throughout my education, but when college rolled around, I feared committing to a degree in art would be too risky. Thus, although I took art courses outside of my major, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in History (my second love). I had begun a career as a librarian, and although I enjoyed working with books (also my second love?), I still felt something was missing: Art. I longed to further my drawing and painting skills, as well as learn what I could of the elusive art of ceramics (a third, new love). I couldn’t afford a second degree, but I returned to UCF for a few semesters, commuting an hour and a half when I wasn’t working to absorb as much as possible. My love of art was reignited at the drawing easel and the throwing wheel, but I knew ultimately to grow as an artist, I would need to ignite my own passion and creativity, to create my own drive. Thus, in 2018 (with the help of my tech-savvy husband), Interstellar Inkwell was born.
Interstellar Inkwell is the answer to the question I posed to myself in striving to find my artistic identity outside of the classroom:
What inspires me?
Vastness. The endless, mysterious, seemingly empty spaces that elicit a sense of awe, wonder, and even fear of the unknown. The spaces between where humanity does not thrive, but beauty does. The infinitely huge to the infinitesimally small, the scale and space that is not accessible to us except through a sense of wonder and curiosity. From the coldest depths of the ocean, to the nebulous birthplaces of stars, down to the negative space between trees in a forest, to the space between atoms, space divides, yet unites us all, and everything. After all, as Carl Sagan once said, we are star stuff. My art is a reflection of this sense of wonder regarding the spaces between and all around, the details we may miss, and the beauty that surrounds us that we all too frequently take for granted. My greatest joy as an artist would be to know that I inspired anyone to slow down and truly appreciate the strange beauty hiding all around us, even in the spaces between that aren’t really meant for us.