With a palette knife in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other, Minnesota-based artist Ashley Mary creates abstract paintings that tap into concepts of youth and playfulness and curiosity through the use of thick textures, vibrant colors, and organic and familiar shapes. Her process is influenced heavily by her collage work, patterns, vintage ephemera, and her background in graphic design. Ashley’s work tries to pay attention to the unintentional and to leave space to be surprised, her compositions exploring movement, balance, and a light energy she hopes to put out in the world. Ashley’s studio practice expands into large scale mural installations nationwide, collaborations, and product design.
Outside of her own art work and product design, Ashley is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Curiosity Studios. A creative learning space for those stuck and blocked.