We are honored to have Ashley Blalock as the featured fiber artist at the Studio!
Ashley Blalock fuses craft and fine art to create objects and site-specific installations inspired by everyday artifacts from the female domestic sphere. She uses the meditative process of crochet to explore themes of discomfort and coping mechanisms used to provide solace from the stress and trauma of modern life.
Ashley V. Blalock was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She earned an MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in art history from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in painting from San Diego State University. She has had solo installations at the Nevada Museum of Art and the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, and her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at the Mingei International Museum, Arthouse at the Jones Center, and at the Los Angeles International Airport. Her work has been reviewed in the San Diego Union Tribune and by Fluent~Collaborative, and featured inVogue Knitting Crochet and Interweave Crochet Magazine. Ashley V. Blalock currently teaches college art and art history in Southern California and splits her time between San Diego and San Bernardino, California.
We interviewed Ashley about her artwork. Here’s what she had to say.
How do you conceptualize the specific installations for each site?
When I create an installation, I respond to the specific space of the site. I look at what is already there and try to create something that will harmonize with I see. I get a general idea before I begin and then work out the idea in the process of creating the installation.
What are the factors you consider?
I take into consideration what is already present at the site (shapes and patterns), how people will flow through the space, and more mundane considerations like whether or not people will hit their heads on the installation or trip over it.
How does that affect your creative process for each installation?
Sometimes, I can’t always do what I plan to do because of practical considerations (like fire regulations), but I don’t let it bother me because I try to treat it like just another challenge instead of a barrier. I try to think around those situations instead of being hindered by them.
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