treasure chests 2023

Treasure Chests is an art installation by Arielle Pytka. She began this installation in 2010 and has been slowly adding to it for over a decade. All of the images were taken by the artist over the years during her travels, concerts, sailing regattas etc. Arielle has always enjoyed decorating her fridge at home, like most families do in the United States. When she ran out of space on her own fridge, she decided to keep going with other fridges she would find in various places. Each fridge has its own theme, with the idea that each one belongs to a different family with different interests. Sailing, sculptures, women, the tropics, music… The fridges hold memories for the artist and the nature of the objects being small containers, they evolved even further becoming her “treasure chests.” 

Arielle Pytka is an American and French multi media artist. She resides between Los Angeles and Paris. Her artwork has appeared in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London, and Indonesia. Her exhibitions have featured a wide range of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and an automobile amongst others. She has worked professionally as a lighting and drum technician for touring bands in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Pytka has also worked as a motion picture cinematographer leading her to direct her own projects. Arielle now directs music videos and commercials. An avid surfer and sailor, she was a part of the Roxy/Quicksilver team and has completed three transatlantic crossings crewing on vintage and modern sailboats. Her sailing team has won the 2015 Panerai Transatlantic Classique, Les Voiles De Saint Tropez, 2008 Falmouth Pendennis Cup, Fife Regatta in Scotland, and many others. Arielle is now working out of her studio in Venice Beach, California and still actively works as race crew on several sailboats for various regattas.