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Ashly McBride, Papermaking & Mixed Media, Sculpture

honeycomb structure with white fuzz on the lower portion
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 11:30am
Online Event/Virtual


Artist Statement

In my mixed media sculptures, I have been exploring the isolated relationship of each viewer with their individual environment, and how that relates to the viewer’s personal relationship with nature. I bring traditional weaving, paper, and sculptural practices into the modern light of a world affected by climate change and abstract it in order to add to the ongoing dialogue about the environment.

I found that kozo, a mulberry bark fiber, had the most exciting history with heavily prominent roots in papermaking. Kozo consists of long fibers that can create a strong, thin paper most commonly used as washi (Japanese paper). It takes a lot of time to prepare and involves many steps such as cooking and beating.

In my current work, I have been upcycling honeycomb structured cardboard that was donated to the WWU Art and Art History Department called HexWeb® honeycomb. I cut it up into various sizes and shapes and dip these in kozo pulp. Once dry, I weave the pieces into a continuous tapestry type structure.

After creating the large structure, I spend some time photographing and filming the piece in different places I occupy, evoking my isolated relationship with this work. It’s becoming an extension of myself, my second “skin” protecting me from the outside world, particularly during the chaotic current time of COVID-19. It can be a nest, or a shelter, and utilizing the work now through a performance I can reconnect myself to the natural world.

Image: Skin (Detail). HexWeb honeycomb, kozo / 6 x 5 ft.



Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.