On a journey through India in search for raw materials of pure, bold color, possessing the intrinsic properties of healing and tactile energy, Aranka Israni returned with two sources of sacred debris pulled from the belly of nature. The first, collected from the streets, was the fine, organic, powder pigments thrown during Holi, the Festival of Colors, celebrating the coming of spring by Hindus. The second, gifted to her by a Jaipur jeweler from the hollows of bags of semi-precious stones delivered to him from the mines, was crushed crystals and gemstones of rose quartz, amethyst, lapis lazuli and others. These natural powders and pigments are layered on wood or canvas and finally bathed in the most unnatural of substances, epoxy resin. To the artist this series, "Constellations" was a consequence of the question “how do I capture the explosive nature of a meditative process.”
Israni spent a foundation year at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California before receiving her Masters from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has lived in Seattle, Toronto, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles and is currently living and working in New York City.