Ashley Garner (b.1991) is a Pennsylvania based artist currently living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She has exhibited regionally in Pennsylvania including the Erie Art Museum and various group and solo shows throughout Pittsburgh. Ashley is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and has recently been published in Studio Visit Magazine. "The concept behind my work is based around my personal experiences and my perception of the world around me. My newest body of work addresses how the decisions we make can affect ourselves or someone else in powerful ways. I am investigating my concerns through the utilization of objects, color, placement, spaces, and the human body. Many of my pieces have a balance between recognizable imagery and abstract form. Figures and objects clash and bump together within one space- creating a sense of turmoil and flux. I like to address my ideas through this process and create an atmosphere and a sense of unity through the usage of color. As I add, subtract, add again, and take away, there is an important and necessary energy that is injected into the finished work.
I want my pieces to be a place where people can look and reflect; a place to rest and enjoy, and a place to think when observing the subject matter. The typical amount of time an average person takes to look at a piece of fine art is approximately 30 seconds. My goal is to make them look longer; discovering more and more as they observe and develop a relationship with the piece. I want my work to have a life and a presence of its own; a different world that people can sink into and get to know. I want to give them a glimpse into my life in a way that they can reflect on their own."
Ashley plans to continue her education in the arts by pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the fall of 2018.