ashley lande uses all sorts of drawing utensils to bring the noise in her psychedelic, collaged portraiture. lately, dabbling in oil paints, but not limited to, ashley uses ballpoint pens, colored pencils, grease crayons and graphite on butcher paper. ashley to told me a bit about herself and her work, and i have to say coupled with her intense pictures and her sincere earnesty i was really moved. i hope you'll see why i was exceptionally excited about this particular post:
"i drew a lot as a child but that tapered off and eventually i did go to college though not to study art; i have a degree in journalism. anyway, i picked up drawing again a couple of years ago and all that stanched [sic] creativity was ripe for expressing though it took a minute to find myself artistically. in my work as in life i never plan things out and when i fail, i fail but when it works i feel like i'm hand-holding with the divinity of the universe, if only briefly."
ashley has a solo show at the mercy seat gallery in kansas city in february. a solo show through dream bags jaguar shoes in london coming up in april, a zine will be published through jaguar to coincide with the show.