Ashley Nason was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1969 and spent her formative years in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She received her BA in Psychology and her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from West Virginia University. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon graduating with her MFA in 1999, Ashley assumed the position of Printmaking Technician and Adjunct Instructor at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. She currently lives in DeKalb, Illinois where she is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Northern Illinois University.
I like fictions, sometimes more than real life. My prints, collages, and drawings resid e between the two, depicting the tangible and intangible of an ever changing world in which life has been socially, culturally, and genetically engineered. These fictional landscapes explore notions of isolation, escapism, idealism, and evolution as a result of a collision between human construct and nature. An emptiness and benign ambivalence exists in the fractured and isolated structures that serve as metaphors for the temporal and elusive nature of life itself.