Ashley Hamilton is a painter currently living in Lake City, SC. A native of Nashville, Ashley began her art education at Nashville School of the Arts. She spent a year studying abroad at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, where she focused mainly on printmaking and installation. She received her BFA in drawing and painting from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
Ashley works as an artist and curator. She was the co-founder and curator of Easy Lemon, the first artist’s residency program in Chattanooga, TN, where she hosted “happenings” of established inter-media artists from around the country. She was the founder of various curatorial projects and was featured as a “game-changer” in Chattanooga Now’s “Changing Chattanooga” series. Additionally, she worked as the public relations and creative director for New Dischord, an interdisciplinary arts festival in Chattanooga. In 2013, Ashley was honored with the prestigious “Artists and Authors Club” scholarship from UTC. In the years following college, she worked as a curator and assistant at Tanner Hill Gallery in Chattanooga in addition to her studio practice.
Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a group show at Trax Visual Art Center in Lake City, SC as well as various juried shows in the southeast. International exhibitions include a group show at Circle Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Group show highlights include a first place award at the 2013 UTC juried student exhibition.
Ashley often describes her work as "existing in a space between struggle and play." Her work is rooted in semiology, and often explores issues regarding the struggle of self-identity through addiction and trauma, focusing on psychoanalytical notions such as displacement, desire, and repetition compulsion. Her recent work (2020) focuses on longing, desire, and lingering hope after experiencing the greatest loss of her lifetime while navigating what we all know as the turbulence of 2020.
My work exists in a space between struggle and play. My ritualistic process weaves in and out of an effort to control within an intrinsic tendency towards chaos. Using the variegated rainbow as repetitive motif, I am constantly longing for fragments of hope; a portal to escape. Navigating through individual and collective anxiety, trauma, and grief, my work seeks to find balance between gritty raw emotion and a desire for meditative playfulness.
Queensland College of Art
University of Tennessee of Chattanooga
Drawing and Painting
Solo Show, [SUB]LIMINAL SPACE, FMU University Place Gallery - Florence, SC
Pause | Connect, Trax Visual Art Center - Lake City, SC
Small Work, FMU University Place Gallery - Florence, SC