Ashleigh Thompson ARE
Ashleigh Thompson aims to produce work that intrigues; monochrome works on paper on both a large and small scale as well as prints. The work attempts to encourage the viewer to question the work’s materiality and methodologies, drawing on the micro and macro such as representations of infinite space, cross sections of bone, natural surfaces and optical processes. Through the creation of complex, grainy surfaces Thompson intends to create open works that immerse the viewer and allow the viewer to draw on their own thoughts and personal experiences.
The current installation work: Fractures, 2016, aim to create an environment in which the immersive aspect of the work became more dominant. The striking contrasts and the strength of impact that can be achieved by using a monochrome palette is exaggerated in this work. Surrounded by 40 oil-based ink pieces on tissue paper, the dual reading of the abstract elements as positive or negative space becomes intensely apparent.
Ashleigh was recently made an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, after winning the Gwen May RE Recent Graduate Award 2017.