Teddy bears and stuffed decorative objects made by my memaw and great aunt line the shelves of my mom’s hutches, and throughout my childhood stuffed animals were my source of inspiration and play. Into adulthood, my history and connection with soft objects has become a way for me to express my concerns and ideas through soft sculpture, plush, and site-specific installations. My work bridges my childhood and adulthood experiences, often citing architecture as a metaphor for the expected rigidness of adulthood, and the soft work as the assumed pliability of childhood. By using materials associated with comfort and innocence to explore presented concepts, I aim to simultaneously create a sense of familiarity and of introspection.
Ash Garner – THECOLORG (b. 1991, Central PA) is a millennial feminine queer interdisciplinary artist and professional arts administrator based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has attended artist residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA, Chautauqua Visual Arts, and the Walkaway House in North Adams, MA. Her work has been exhibited at many museums, galleries, and institutions across the country, including Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Smithsonian Institution), Moravian University, Lycoming College Gallery, Atelier FAS Gallery, PAFA, Cherry Street Pier, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the Erie Art Museum, and many more. In her spare time, Ash has built a handmade plush brand/entity – THECOLORG - focused on creating unique and custom plush for people of all ages. Her current project "MOO-D" has been generously funded by The Puffin Foundation through their 2022 artist grant cycle. Ash serves as the Program Coordinator of Continuing Education at Moore College of Art & Design where she supports arts programming for youth and adults – centering inclusivity and accessibility in her approach to all parts of the role.
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