I make unconventional objects that question the way garments interact with the body. Through the manipulation of materials like plastic, nails, wire, and paint, I explore the definition of function by experimenting. Using proportion to emphasize certain parts of the body, restricting or embracing the human form, and analyzing how function is perceived by the viewer, I use traditional textile techniques, such as weaving, sewing, felting, and knitting, to transcend the materials. By classifying these garments as usable or unusable, I group function into black and white terms. It is the gray area between those two that I want to exploit that hesitation that is felt when trying to categorize each garment.
Ashley Rogers is an artist with a BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Her current art practice involves questioning mundane objects and their supposed function. Her most commonly used materials in her work are clothes, the ready-made and the handmade. She manipulates, experiments, transcends, or embraces these unconventional materials in ways that make the viewer question the true function of an object. She is originally from Sacramento, California, and was raised in Auburn, Maine.
1. Plastic Circle, Plastic Bags, Yarn, 37 x 24, 2014
2. Plastic Circle, Plastic Bags, Yarn, 37 x 24, 2014
3. Hidden Intention, Lace, White Finishing Nails, 33 x 23, 2015
4. Hidden Intention, Lace, White Finishing Nails, 33 x 23, 2015
5. Accumulation, Acrylic Paint Medium, Plastic, Yarn, Velvet, 27 x 21, 2014
6. Studio Portrait