Ashley Maxwell is currently earning her MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and received her BFA from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Ashley's work has been included in exhibitions at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, the The Glassell School of Art in Houston, Aqua Art Fair in Miami and the upcoming Human Form Symposium at Arrowmont School Arts and Craft in Gatlinburg. In 2013, Ashley was awarded the First Place Graduate Student Award in the NCECA National Juried Exhibition.
Of the Earth of the City explores the duality of humanity's relationships with the natural environment juxtaposed with its relationship with man-made materials. The materials I work with are commonly found in urban construction sites and are materials that help aid in shelter, protection, and makeup our material societal structural systems. For example, mediums such as concrete, rebar, foam, hardware and resin are paired with elements that reference nature and nature's deteriorating properties such as moss, rust, and salt crystals. These materials acknowledge the slow take over of decay and hint at the cycle of life, not only in us but in our attempt at creating permanent structures. The human form is rendered in clay because we are of the Earth and will one day pass out of existence and be recycled back into it. The work derives emotion and tension through both slightly exaggerated body parts and movement expressed by billowy hair, both reminiscent of the energy created within the ebb and flow of life. My choices in color are derived from the colors I observe in both natural and manmade environments.
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