Ashley Manning

My work explores science, astronomy, the process of making art, and the layering of different materials to create abstract drawings. My goal is to create mixed media pieces using asymmetrical patterns and textures.

 

The themes in my work are scientific concepts in astronomy and biology. Experiences that have influenced my work include COVID-19 and the closest non-impacting asteroids to Earth in 2020. The research that I reference in my artwork comes from NASA’s website as well as global news and articles. My artwork references influential artists Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Denes, Sandra Duran, and Wassily Kandinsky. In the course of my work, I make decisions by creating preliminary sketches in order to experiment with different patterns prior to incorporating them within the piece. I am currently working with ink wash, ballpoint pens, sharpies, salt, acrylic paint, soap, and chalk pastel. In my drawings, I use spheres, pointillism, and repeated and broken lines. The loose quality of the ink wash background contrasts the controlled and intentionally placed lines and spheres. My process includes the planning and layering of materials, lines and shapes, from loosely placed to intentionally placed. The placement of the ink wash with the layering of salt creates an uncontrolled reaction. By manipulating these materials and using their natural reaction to each other, I am able to replicate similar textures and patterns of macro images of planets and asteroids. The spontaneity of the ink wash creates a balance with the controlled placement of lines and pointillism. The repetitive acts of layering materials, spheres, lines, and pointillism are very meditative and calming processes.

 

My current series of work explores science, astronomy, the process of making art, and the layering of different materials to create abstracted images. This series grew out of my prior work which consisted of mixed media drawings depicting a simplified figure in an environment. These drawings depict repeating lines to create controlled, asymmetrical patterns contrasted by an uncontrolled/spontaneous background. In my work I experiment with the layering of various materials to create different effects and textures on paper. For my more recent work, I am challenging myself to continue this exploration of layering and materials, on canvas.

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Linear Connection with Spheres #1

Mixed Media

2020

22" x 30"

Linear Connection with Spheres #2

Mixed Media

2020

22" x 30"

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Virus #1, #2, #3 & #4

Mixed Media

2020

22" x 30"

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COVID-19 #1, #2 & #3

Mixed Media

2020

22" x 30"

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N.E.O

Mixed Media

2020

38" x 50"

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Untitled (N.E.O)

Mixed Media

2020

30" x 34"

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N.E.O 2 (#1-12)

Mixed Media

2020

12" x 12"

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N.E.O 3

Mixed Media

2020

71" x 34"

Contact

@AshleyManning21