A S H L E Y T H O M A S
b. 1984 Corpus Christi, Texas
2011 Master of Fine Arts - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
My work indexes traces of the feminine in material culture. I examine aspects of femininity often considered sentimental, kitschy, suburban or banal, and in so doing ask what it might mean to call something a "femmy thing." While these aspects are partly celebrated, my work underscores the melancholic darkness that remains. Working primarily in graphite on paper, I aim to give such cultural detritus a kind of solidity and permanency that it lacks as source material.
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"I renounce masculinist art. It is not art which illuminates the human condition—it illuminates only, and to men’s final and everlasting shame, the masculinist world—and as we look around us, that world is not one to be proud of. Masculinist art, the art of centuries of men, is not universal, or the final explication of what being in the world is. It is, in the end, descriptive only of a world in which women are subjugated, submissive, enslaved, robbed of full becoming, distinguished only by carnality, demeaned. I say, my life is not trivial; my sensibility is not trivial; my struggle is not trivial. Nor was my mother’s, or her mother’s before her. I renounce those who hate women, who have contempt for women, who ridicule and demean women, and when I do, I renounce most of the art, masculinist art, ever made."
There are many that I know and they know it. They are all of them repeating and I hear it. I love it and I tell it. I love it and now I will write it. This is now a history of my love of it. I hear it and I love it and I write it. They repeat it. They live it and I see it and I hear it. They live it and I hear it and I see it and I love it and now and always I will write it. There are many kinds of men and women and I know it. They repeat it and I hear it and I love it. This is now a history of the way they do it. This is now a history of the way I love it. —-Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans, 1934
From In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon
Michelle Grabner told me to read this 5 years ago. I finally am getting around to it. Free download: here