Hanging on the walls and hidden in the corners of our homes are the photographs and artifacts of those who came before us. These seemingly mundane objects act as the indexical records of family and human history. Accumulating visually in layers and decaying with the passage of time, these remnants of our material world provide physical reference points for how we maintain and understand our relationships with one another. It is my belief that books, furniture, clothing, and even silverware can influence the connections between past and future generations, sparking conversations that bridge us together.
About the Artist:
Ashley describes herself as a "metalsmith, enamelist, and time traveler" who can't resist buying dusty old books; preferably with water marks and inscriptions on the inside cover. Her conceptual artwork explores family relationships and can be described as artifacts of her genealogical history. Ashley hand fabricates all of her work using high quality precious metals and vitreous glass; sometimes utilizing heirlooms or found objects that she scavenges from the corners of antique stores and architectural salvage warehouses.
Ashley graduated from the Metal Design program at East Carolina University and has been artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Lillstreet Art Center. She has recently exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, The Metals Museum and has been published by Lark Books and American Craft Magazine. She teaches workshops around the country and sells her work at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN and ArtStar in Philadelphia.