Bio: Ashley Whitt is a photography-based artist whose work deals with themes of duality within the self, psychological states, and mortality. She uses a variety of photographic techniques including solvent transfers, digital manipulation in Photoshop, 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 Photography in 2012. She graduated from UT Arlington with a BFA in Photography in 2009. She currently teaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for Texas Christian University, Dallas County, Collin County, and Tarrant County Community College districts.
Artist Statement: An Ordered Chaos explores the dichotomy between order and chaos within the universe and within the self. Using a flatbed scanner as a camera, surreal environments are created using objects such as hair, thread, plants, and grid paper. These objects serve as symbols for order and chaos within each constructed image. Tension and harmony between order and chaos exist within the self and the cosmos. These paradoxes include the order of the solar systems versus the exploding of stars, or the order of scheduling your day versus the chaos of traumatic events or depression. An Ordered Chaos considers this correlation between the inner self and outer space as well as our desires to control and make sense of life and death.