Please join Ashley this Saturday, June 28th, 2014 from 3-5pm for an artist talk on her work!
Artist Talk | Saturday, June 28th 3:00 – 5:00 pm | 999 Brady Avenue NW Suite 7 Atlanta GA 30318
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a small rustle | Ashley L. Schick
A collection of cut paper pieces and watercolor drawings. Vivid colors depict deer captured in uneasy and perilous positions. The cut-paper backgrounds, white-on-white scenes of cut paper industry or woods, are distant and detached landscapes, like frozen memories or dreams. The details of the backgrounds, along with elements of the deerforms themselves, are perceptible through the shadows cast by their layered bas-relief construction.
These deer are leaping, staggering, trying, falling—acting out expressions of danger and anxiety. They are an inside space, a psychological landscape. Transformations and experimentations on such spindly legs. They are fantastical organic tottering forms. A struggle, a balance, a collection of parts.
Each background a dream, a memory, a frozen ice pond falling through space. Desaturated context, fading away in the intensity of the moment. Cells and tectonic plates breaking apart, ice on the surface of a river, thunder cracks, cloud chamber bubbles.
Folded limbs and delicate stomachs sometimes revealed. Disembodied objects. The colors are bright, like laughter in the face of terror. The hush of pointed hooves, coughing far away, as if across a theater. Unnerve me with your eye, tender tendons, edges and organs. Predators looking over my shoulder. Be ready to lick the surface of the machinery in the distance. The backgrounds freeze and thaw. A deer licks the sky, reaching to bite, bitten by sharp teeth sliding fast over ice cubes melting under thorns in soft flesh ripping open star forms connecting unseen nodes burning out. White blanching photograms but in color. Shape, shadow, pattern.
Ashley L. Schick makes works on paper and artists’ books. The daughter of a biology teacher and an electrical engineer, the imagery in her work spans from natural and organic forms to industrial infrastructure and debris. She currently works as the Studio Program Director for One Love Generation, a non-profit organization empowering teens to inspire positive change through art, service, and awareness. Ms. Schick was an artist’s assistant to sculptor Brian Dettmer for over two years, after an initial period working through his grant from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Project.