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Hale‘iwa Artist Brings Her Beachy Work to Pipeline Gallery

BY Regina Molaro | March 14, 2017 | Feature Features

Artist Daniela Arriaga puts a spin on the themes of surf and shore.
At Pipeline Gallery, Daniela Arriaga takes on the usual tropes of surf art.

On O‘ahu’s North Shore, Daniela Arriaga is smartly re-envisioning the surf theme. The San Diego native, who earned a fine arts degree in California, relocated to Hale‘iwa a decade ago. Exploring subjects of nature and ecological conservation since then, Arriaga has made a splash with the unveiling of Sea Urchin. Crafted of foam board, she artistically incorporated recycled chopsticks, which mimic the spikes on spiny urchins found in the ocean. “Experiencing nature is very sensory. I express that by creating artwork that is tactile,” reveals Arriaga. While her sculptures boast nonconventional materials such as metal staples and bikini straps, her paintings employ a more traditional approach. Made of natural materials like burnt beechwood, the surfboard series will be on exhibit in April at Pipeline Gallery, which Arriaga helped to launch in 2015. The gallery takes a minimalist approach to its interior design and exhibition style. And that’s not it for busy artist. What’s next? Always eager to create, she has a children’s book due out in spring. 66-165 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa, O‘ahu, 425.1532

Originally appeared in the March issue of Modern Luxury Hawai'i

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