Ashley Bevington (b. 1990) grew up in the rural lands of Nashville, Ohio. Bevington graduated with her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio in 2014. Ashley has participated in many national exhibitions in places such as The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, The Erie Art Museum, The Ohio Craft Museum, and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Bevington has received numerous awards within her field and was awarded a graduate assistantship through Edinboro University's MFA program. She is expected to graduate in 2017.
My work revolves around the disillusionment of adulthood. As children, we long to be grown-ups. It isn’t until we become adults with responsibilities and analytical tendencies that we realize how good we once had it as children. With added pressure of the media, we tend to have bloated expectations of what our lives should be. I have found that having lowered expectations is a key to happiness. I find the humor in daily negative events in order to avoid ruining a potentially good day. This newly found survival tactic has me utilizing an adolescent aesthetic to regain the pleasure of childhood innocence and playfulness, with a dash of matured melancholy.
I coil build the majority of my ceramic sculptures. The pinch marks left behind are similar to stitches holding a wound together. The pinches add a warped/nostalgic feeling to each piece. I use pastel colors as a sense of relief from heavy content.
All images courtesy of Ashley Bevington