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. She has been published in the Winter 2017-2018 Issue of Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studios Press. Ashley is also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and is exhibiting through their program.
In Ashley’s most recent series she is commenting on the anxieties and struggles of her current everyday life. Creating a place/world to escape to where those anxieties are coupled with and soothed by the presence of color that acts as a beacon of hope and a sign of moving forward.
"The concept behind my work is based around my personal experiences and my perception of the world around me. I like to create worlds that express those experiences through color, composition, the use of overlapping bodies, facial expression, and everyday objects. My recent paintings have focused heavily on the human figure. In my paintings that are currently in progress, I am experimenting with adding new subjects, objects, materials, paint applications and techniques that better communicate my concerns.
My newest body of work addresses how fragile and vulnerable a life is; 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."