100 DAYS OF ART - A visual packing list drawn daily as I considered my possessions and my attachment to them.
RIVER + AGATE; Commission for Darling Magazine
"River" + "Agate" were commissioned by Darling Magazine and published in their Fall 2015 issue with an article titled, "The Great Divide", which highlighted today's gender wage gap.
HOOP ; xl, l, m, s
By removing the painting from its traditional frame and into a tool customary to needlework and handcrafts, HOOP pushes at the boundaries of Fine Art. The embroidery hoop reflects textiles, which in the past was largely generalized as a craft reserved for women. The marble pattern is not only illustrious and beautiful, it also references classical sculpture, which is quintessentially 'Fine Art' and at it's height was predominantly governed by male artists.
I use materials like canvas, paint, and ink to reference traditional fine art practice of painting while reforming varying elements to emulate textile craft: a non-traditional medium, generally categorized as craft and primarily practiced by women. I aim to interrupt the viewer's expectations and challenge the specific values placed on different mediums.
PENSIL + ROKK
By using her skills as a painter and maker, Ashley Opperman paints the illustrious patterns and timbre that inhabit her surroundings on the Canadian West coast.
The Pensil + Rokk Pocket Squares each mimic a rock, and are hand painted with ink on fine silk squares with hand-rolled seams.
After taking a brief break from painting (call it an artist block or it's other name, fear) I picked up a new tool that was enough to inspire me. It was a straw brush from a country market and it created the most beautiful texture, as well as a feeling of disconnect and freedom to create. So I named this series after my tool, BRUSH and let it do the work for me.
MEMENTO MORI Projects
Using skull imagery and metaphors for death relates back to a medieval art movement called Memento Mori, which in Latin translates to, 'remember your mortality'. This reflection of death is meant to emphasize life and fleetingness of objects and pursuits. It's a type of sobering that can provide perspective and a reminder to celebrate and cherish the life you have. This has been practiced across many religions and beliefs, from Mexico's "Day of the Dead" to Japanese Zen Buddhism's annual appreciation of cherry blossoms beauty before they fall.
NATURE / NURTURE
I used to natural beauty and landscapes but added unnatural contrasts to comment on the human condition of nature vs. nurture and what shapes the overall person or experience.