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Artist ID: 2354

The inspiration for my current body of work stems from concepts associated with memory and interpersonal relationships, as well as the connection between the mind and body. Recent paintings juxtapose improvisation and intentionality to interpret visually an anxious mind. An inner dialogue immerges as I continuously react and respond to the painted surface. Impulsive mark-making paired with chaotic and ordered gestures reflect the irrational and calculated. I typically begin by working intuitively, experimenting with form and color. Throughout the process of layering my materials, the compositions transform into a record of thought, reaction, and expression referenced by underlying symbolism. Painting on unstretched canvas allows me to work in and around my composition as I frequently paint on the wall, rotate the canvas, and lay it on the ground to prevent gravity from affecting my washes and glued elements. Art making has been a way for me to become fully present, use my imagination, and explore my innermost thoughts and feelings. Artistic expression and exploration with materials drives my work and provides a means for introspection.

Ashlee René Thompson is a visual artist from Montgomery, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2011. Thompson also earned her Master of Liberal Arts degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2013. She has exhibited artworks in several juried shows both nationally and internationally. Since 2015, Thompson has been an adjunct instructor for Auburn University at Montgomery. She is currently attending The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art while also completing the Museum Studies Certificate. She currently lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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