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Ashley Hope Carlisle

Associate Professor, Sculpture

B.F.A., University of South Mississippi, 1997.
M.F.A., University of Georgia, 2002.
ahc1@uwyo.edu • 307.766.3295 • VA 150A

What makes us comfortable and uncomfortable and how do we deal with survival as inhabitants on this planet?  Uncomfortable circumstances are reality, so instead of dwelling on this veracity of life, Ashley Hope seeks to bring hopeful awareness to happenings that normally evoke anxiety and fear.  She utilizes formal concerns, the sensitivity of touch, and luscious materiality to produce works that take both roles as visual guidance when confronting the uncomfortable, as well as reassurance when dealing with the inevitable.   A crossover between human and plant-like conformations, Ashley Hope's work often references flowers whether native or exotic, trees, and root systems fictitiously enhanced to speak about connections we as humans share with each other and with the world around us. The seeds from these plants serve as a metaphor to visually discuss the human endeavor, protection, escape, and change.  Materials vary from drawing to sculptural works, including both sound and video.

Ashley Hope is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming where she is coordinator of the Sculpture Area.  She has taught at UW for the past 9 years and has created art in the form of sculpture and drawing for the past 17 years. As an artist, Ashley has been the recipient of the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, was chosen as a Fellowship Artist Grant Recipient by the Wyoming Arts Council for 2007.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at The University of Montana-Missoula , Kansas City Artist Coalition’s Mallin Gallery, Inlight Richmond, and the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.  Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she has comfortably found the west to be her home away from home.

 

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