Diffraction Pattern; Closed cell foam, steel, glass micro-beads; 72” x 84"
Alfred Station, NY
Expressing the duality, or rather the plurality of nature through materials and mediums, my current work questions the nature and reality of the social constructs of gender and identity, asking questions that most people never have to consider. When whole aspects of a person’s identity get repressed, having to actually ask what it means to be a man or a woman, is there anything in between, why, how big a role does biology have versus cultural upbringing gain a heightened importance. And although answers often prove to be elusive, in that moment of questioning, a new set of possibilities opens up, new conclusions and connections can be made.
Using my own life and experiences as a lens for the viewer to project their own identity, hopes and insecurities, I see my work as an extension of my own interactions with the world. In order for me to claim and recognize a work as my own, it needs to disrupt the viewer's ability to parse what they are seeing and experiencing, so that they may recognize this liminal place of exciting potential, of both and neither at the same time.
About the Artist
Born in Sweetwater Tennessee, Ashley Kerr lives and works in upstate New York. She is currently a graduate student at Alfred University in the Sculpture and Dimensional Studies program. Kerr graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA from Florida Atlantic University where she also received a BS in Computer Science. She was selected as an Honorable Mention in the International Sculpture Center’s 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program. Her work deals with the nature of expectation and a person's need to maintain a consistent internal logic as it pertains to media, materials and experiences as well as the intersection of gender, technology, sculpture, femininity, and masculinity. By subverting those very expectations, she aims to create sculptural fictions that reveal the underlying structures and mechanisms of how we experience the world and thereby expose truths, however small or large they may be.