Ashley Nason teaching a printmaking class and one of her prints called The Spill Report

Print Studio Demo Artist Ashley Nason

Ashley Nason will be in the Print Studio demonstrating screen print on lithography November 17-18.

Due to the somewhat abstract and temporal nature of my landscapes, I want the viewer to contemplate the fleetingness of time and place. Hopefully, the viewer will consider the impact we as humans have on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the land we live on.

– Ashley Nason

Ashley Nason is an artist and printmaker born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her current work explores the evolution of our environment and the changes in the existence of the natural world as a result of overconsumption, pollution, and misuse of natural resources. Her landscape narratives depict strategies of reinvention or re-purposing of materials to create quasi-living spaces and encampments in pursuit to exist in harmony with the natural world.

Nason received a BA in Psychology and BFA in Painting and Printmaking at West Virginia University, Morgantown, and an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has held several teaching positions in her career including Technician and Instructor, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, and most recently as Visiting Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Nason currently lives in Eaton, Colorado where she is an artist in residence at the Village Arts Center, otherwise known as her home and studio.

Ally Kotarsky: What will your demonstration at the DAM look like? What can visitors expect?

Ashley Nason: Most of my prints are produced in two stages. Images are printed in black and white lithography, followed by transparent color layers in screen print. During my time at the Denver Art Museum I will be screen printing on top of lithographs that have been printed in my home studio prior to the demonstration. Visitors can expect to see these lithographs in various stages of production through applied transparent color layers, resulting in completed editions of color screen print lithographs.

AK: What inspires/influences your work?

AN: Most recently, landscapes of the Western United States, including Northern Colorado where I currently live have influenced my work. My prints depict the collision of human constructs in nature, the forces that contribute to an ever-changing, fragile environment, and the pursuit to exist sustainably and in harmony with nature. Much of this is reflected through the depiction of quasi-living structures, encampments, and strategies of reinvention or repurposing of materials and/or spaces within the landscape.

AK: Your prints feature a lot of animals. What do these animals represent to you, and how do you select which animals to use?

AN: Many different animals appear in my work, including dogs, horses, cows, and prairie dogs. These animals can be found within the landscapes viewing and guarding sites, often with anticipation of something to come. They indicate the desire for preservation and survival, representing adaptations that have [taken place] and will take place in the future.

AK: What is the message you would like to get across to your viewers? How do you want viewers to react to your prints?

AN: Due to the somewhat abstract and temporal nature of my landscapes, I want the viewer to contemplate the fleetingness of time and place. Hopefully, the viewer will consider the impact we as humans have on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the land we live on. I want the viewer to find themselves and their own relationships to landscape through my investigations of the perplexing yet precarious nature of the world we live in.

Images: Ashley Nason teaching a screen printing workshop at University of North Texas P.R.I.N.T. Press in 2013. The Spill Report by Ashley Nason. Lithograph and screen print. Photos courtesy Ashley Nason.

Ally Kortarsky is an artist and studio programs Intern in the department of learning and engagement.

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