Ashley L. Schick makes works on paper and artists’ books. The daughter of a biology teacher and an electrical engineer, her work focuses on the proximity of urban and pastoral environments, particularly observing the abstract forms and compositions found in industrial infrastructure and debris. In an undergraduate quest to learn more about artists’ books, she stumbled upon printmaking, a discipline which captivated and inspired her. The combination of chemistry, process, and artistry activated her love of science, cooking, and art.
The philosophy of printmaking continues to influence her drawings, cut papers, and bookforms. After graduating with a Master of Fine Art in Printmaking, Ms. Schick co-founded Straw Hat Press, a fine art publishing and contract printshop in Atlanta, GA, with Laura Cleary and Shaun McCallum. She also works as an artist’s assistant to sculptor Brian Dettmer, initially through his grant from MOCA-GA’s Working Artist Project.
From the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2013, Ms. Schick has been selected to be a part of the Creatives Project’s Artist-In-Studio Residency Program. Additionally, Ms. Schick completed residencies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.
The pieces in these loosely interconnected series depict sites of exchange or transition that are both practical and graceful. The images are idealized renderings of banal urban locations. In some, systems of wires, tubes, pins, and boxes that catch my attention in travels around the city create compositions out of mechanisms of communication and industry.
In others, the pastoral landscapes from the farm-within-the-city encourage me to study the varied textures that surface when the natural meets the man-made. Each image-portrait comes from a reflection on these spaces, an iterative practice of building up layers of paper to bring the subject to light.
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