All About Ashley
After taking four years of art in high school, I thought I was too busy and too “practical” to pursue it further. It wasn’t until the 2020 pandemic that I picked up a paintbrush again to occupy myself and try to decorate my apartment walls without spending money. Creating gave me a way to not only cope with the heaviness of the world, but find spaces to thrive. This has been especially important to me since I have developed a disabling chronic illness towards the end of 2021. Art continues to allow me to process my experiences and turn them into something meaningful.
Painting is a way for me to find joy and beauty in the world, and to express myself in all of my myriad identities. My goal as an artist is to make space for underrepresented communities to see themselves/ourselves as art in an act of reclamation, radical self-love, and defiance.
Along with art, I have worked in the immigrant and refugee rights world in a variety of different roles since graduating from college in 2018. I am passionate about creating and dreaming of a better world for EVERYONE.
Collaborations & Exhibits
December 19, 2022 – February 12. 2023: Solo Exhibit at Three Brothers, a coffee shop in Nashville, TN
Winter of 2022: Art included in the exhibit “Reproductive Justice is for Everyone” hosted by the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) at the University of South Florida
- 2020 Walk Bike Nashville Sticker Design Collaboration
- 2021 “Rooted: Black and Brown Bodies with Plants” Virtual exhibit through El Comalito Collective
- 2021 “Love Notes to Abortion: A Collection of Visual Stories” through Planned Parenthood of TN
- 2022 Art included in “The Unveiling: Seeking the Material” Magazine by the Mujeristas Collective
- 2022 Exhibit at Fido, a coffee shop in Nashville mid-October through mid-December