Ashley Whitt is a photography-based artist whose work explores duality within the self, psychological states, and mortality. She uses a variety of photographic techniques including digital processes, sculptural bookmaking, and traditional darkroom processes. Ashley is a Texas native and currently resides in Dallas. Ashley graduated from Texas Woman’s University where she earned her MFA in Studio Art (Photography) in 2012 and from UT Arlington with a BFA in Studio Art (Photography) in 2009. From 2010 to 2018, Ashley taught photography courses at multiple universities and colleges in the DFW area and most recently served as a full-time Lecturer at Texas Christian University. Currently, she serves as the Director of Visual Resources at Southern Methodist University. She is also the president of 500X Gallery, the oldest artist-run gallery in Texas.
Recently Ashley’s creative research has been featured in several publications including The Hand Magazine, Light Leaked, and interviews in Lenscratch, Fragmentary, and Deep Red Press. Her work has been in multiple shows at galleries including 500X Gallery in Dallas (Texas), Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas (Texas), Box 13 Art Space in Houston (Texas), Photosynthesis Gallery (Connecticut), and Photoplace Gallery (Vermont). Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally including Texas, Vermont, California, Connecticut, China, and India.
Mind Loop explores the inability to escape certain memories or thoughts in one’s mind. Through self-portrait and still life photographs displayed as large wall vinyl, GIFs, and sculptural handmade books, the artist aims to interpret and make sense out of the absurd.
Inspired by Surrealism and Dadaism, Whitt seeks to subvert the viewer’s perception of reality and the rational. These images and moving stills aim to rationalize the irrational and turn the viewer’s perception on its head. Whitt invites the viewer to become immersed in an optical illusion. These illusions serve as metaphors for the absurdity we face in everyday life.
To view more of Ashley Whitt’s work please visit her website.