|Biography: A native of Colorado, Ashley Machacek holds a BA in painting and BA in English from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is currently completing a Masters of Liberal Studies in Art, Literature, and Culture at the University of Denver. Ashley focuses much of her work around drawing and painting, but also works extensively with the intaglio printmaking process. Her research on the Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries has greatly influenced her imagery and the context of her work.
Artist’s Statement: Botanical structures exist within varying environments, removed of ground, to create an attachment through visual juxtapositions.
Specimens embody multiple characteristics and ideas in order to heighten an awareness of their structures and original functions.
Studies of shapes and constructions occur quietly and slowly among groups and individual frames. Multiple stages of development, imposed together, reinforce a change of time and space.
The line is blurred between species and societal ideas. The separation between form and environment is thinned, allowing an existence in multiple spheres to occur simultaneously.