Ashley Hamilton is going solo at the Swine Gallery
This Friday, recently opened Swine gallery announces its second solo-exhibition, presenting the work of local artist Ashley Hamilton. Reception for Hamilton’s Fragmented Desire will take place from 5:30-8 p.m., and will remain up until September 10th.
Hamilton is an interdisciplinary artist, with works in painting, sculpture, instillation, video, and performance. Trained as a painter, Hamilton began her art education at Nashville School of the Arts. She had the opportunity to study a year abroad at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, where she focused on printmaking and instillation. She later received her BFA in drawing and painting from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
In addition, Hamilton is the co-founder and curator of Easy Lemon, an artist’s residency program right here in Chattanooga, where she hosted “happenings” of established inter-media artists from all across the country. She’s remained active in the Chattanooga art scene, and we know how vast the Chattanooga art scene is.
But don’t think her involvement in the Chattanooga scene has limited Hamilton. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including a group show at Circle Gallery back in Brisbane.
Hamilton’s work is described on a recent press release as “existing in the liminal space between struggle and play. Her work often explores issues regarding the quest of self-identity, focusing on psychoanalytical notions such as displacement, fragmentation, desire, and repetition compulsion . . .There are feelings of mania and anxiety; meditation and trauma; exposure and hiding. Through her ritualistic studio practices, Ashley’s work is both cathartic and alarming.”