Ashley Catharine Smith
Ashley Catharine Smith is a Philadelphia based artist working in photography, video, and fibers. Through the combination of these mediums, she creates melodramatic depictions of relationships and sexuality. Smith earned her MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States at the Society for Contemporary Craft (2016), Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (2017), Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco (2017), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (2016), the Knockdown Center (2017), and the Delaware Museum of Art (2018) among others. She is currently an adjunct photography professor at Drexel University and an instructor at the International Center of Photography.
My current work lives at the intersection of photography and sculpture. In all of these works, I begin with a printed photograph and embroider into the print to embellish important parts of the image or add something new. An intervention on the surface of the print creates a new reality. The embroidery speaks to a shift in perception that can occur when viewing images of our past. The work is driven by my desire to unpack how societal expectations and gender roles affect our interpersonal relationships and sense of self. It also aims to construct moments of closeness with the subject of the photographs through their printed image.