This book focuses on my conversation with
Arabella Proffer, a visual artist based in Cleveland. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and bred in Southern California, she has a BFA from Cal Arts. Her loose narrative themes revolve around the history of medicine, psychedelic visions, and biomorphic organisms. She delves into the practice of oil painting, tying together its relationships to nature, biology, and emerging sciences.
Arabella's work appears in over eighty private collections and she takes part in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world.
Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, SF Weekly, The Plain Dealer, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Harvard Gazette, NPR, Hektoen International Medical Journal, The Portland Review and more.
The Ohio House and Senate have recognized her achievements. She has received grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Akron Soul Train residency, Rauschenberg Award, Andy Warhol Foundation Satellite Award, and Arts Cleveland.
She balances a studio practice of commissions, transcendental painting, drawing crude comics for cheap laughs, all while living with terminal cancer.