Detail of: I climbed the top

A closer look: Ash-Bob February 10 – March 20

Ash-Bob is a Philadelphia-based artist originally from Northern California.
Ash-Bob works primarily in abstract forms, finding the beauty in the contradiction between simple and complex forms. Ash-Bob began artmaking in 2014 with an aim to connect to a global audience, a desire she acquired after spending several years working with a non-profit in Western Australia. She graduated in 2019 with a BFA degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

A closer look: Ash-Bob
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As an artist, I make paintings as a way to communicate with others through my own vulnerability. We all hold dualities and contradictions inside of us; pieces of ourselves that feel as if they should not fit within one person, yet here we are, containing them. I am someone from a rural area who is now working in a metropolitan city, someone who comes from a conservative and religious background who now holds very different views, and a person who has a love for life but is living with chronic mental illness. These(s) dualities that I hold within myself are expressed in my work through the use of multiple different materials on top of very traditional painting surfaces. My work aims to tackle my own cognitive dissonance, working in honesty to communicate vulnerable pieces of myself.
My hope is that when you look at my work you are brought into that vulnerability and feel the freedom and safety to share your own story alongside mine.

You can find more of Ash-Bob’s work at FRIEDA at 320 Walnut Street or check her website.