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Arielle Tesoriero
Lives and works in New York, NY
B. 1997

Arielle Tesoriero’s work narrates the story of a chaotic group of girls whose metaphors play on women’s societal expectations and relationships. She examines symbols of her adolescence by navigating a nostalgic experience of girlhood and the correlation between consumption and power. Her universe is over-stimulating, vulnerable, and terrifying, where symbolism runs rampant. These reoccurring emblems—such as animals, foods, and weapons—allow Tesoriero to tell a complex history of trauma. Manifesting violence, rage, and fear through the facade of her bright and sugary tableau's, she illustrates women’s struggles with their bodies in her fantastical and disturbing circus. 

Tesoriero is also a singer and songwriter who is streamed globally. She has self released two EP's: Dear Diary and Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill! delivering breathy bedroom pop ballads like 2313 All my friends left me empty, stuck inside a body that's aging to sonic hip hop anthems like Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill's title track Why can't I stop to smell the roses? I'm an explosion, don't drink my poison. Tesoriero shares the raw emotions of her relationships and mental health, with her first full length album Heartsick releasing in fall 2023. 

Dear Diary had to be blue because I am blue. I think it was the lowest I had ever been in my life. I felt like I was going insane and you can really  tell because I never left my bedroom making those songs. When I was done writing it, I wanted to be someone else. So naturally with Kiss Kiss, I adopted a femme fatale persona which was a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Marie Antoinette. There’s humor and glamor but at the same time I wanted it to feel threatening. I wanted to be distant, but I don’t think it felt like me in the end. So I’ve moved onto the stuff I’m making now, which is very much rooted in nostalgia. I feel like Heartsick's the closest to my paintings because the songs are angry and sad, and I’m thinking a lot about my childhood. But one thing about my music? It's always gonna be sad.” 

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