Ariana Sauder is a visual artist and designer based in Montreal. Inspired by personal experiences, her illustrations focus on the feminine form as it navigates through a semi-imagined world. She uses brightly coloured imagery to explore themes of leisure, indulgence and comfort. She works in a variety of mediums, including oil paint, gouache and digital illustration.
“Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, I moved to Montreal to study Studio Art at Concordia University in 2008. I have been living and working here for the past 10 years.”
What inspires you?
I take inspiration from my own lived experiences. My illustrations often center on the feminine form – but not just a singular kind of beauty. I like to explore themes of leisure, indulgence and comfort – to send out positive vibes!
What do you do to unwind from a stressful day?
Take the hottest bath possible!
How would your utopian future world look like?
Healthy people, living sustainably with nice bath tubs and cheese plates for everyone
Who is your role model / hero? Who do you look up to?
There are many established artists I look up to, but I am most inspired by my contemporaries. For example, my sister is running her own theatre company in Toronto (Bad Hats Theatre Co). She works so hard and is finding success in a difficult field while doing what she is most passionate about. I have a lot of respect for her hustle.
What do you see as your biggest challenge?
Getting started. Sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to start working, but as soon as I get going, I remember why I love making things.
Film/Tv show recommendation.
The best thing I watched this year was Killing Eve