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Artist ID: 2532

I am a multidisciplinary, visual artist and creative placemaker who is deeply invested in playtime; wildly curious about bodies; mystified by femininity and masculinity; and confused about gender. My work is a lifelong effort to unlearn what I have been taught about gender sexuality, monogamy, spirituality, and other majority rule social understandings of success and respectability.
My creative practice is like a pocket knife multi-tool. It is a coping mechanism, a learning apparatus, a device for personal reflection and growth, and an endless source of entertainment. My interest in the physical characteristics and practical applications of both high and low materials leads me to take a “create by any means possible” approach. This results in installations, photographs, videos, drawings, performances, and handcrafted objects and sculptures. I embrace the care and obsession that comes with the creative process, evidence of the maker, and the idiosyncratic relationships between, text, image, and material.

Ashley Strazzinski (she/her; b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary visual artist, creative placemaker, and arts administrator. In 2013 she received a BFA from the University of Minnesota Moorhead and then served as the Manager of Public Programs and Education at Aperture Foundation in New York, New York for two years. In 2017 she began a small, self-publishing imprint, soft-boiled, which produced a bi-weekly zine series that chronicled her city’s municipal meetings (among other topics of interest), and in May 2018 she launched Ashland Street Project Space—a semi-private office and studio for soft-boiled as well as a community flex-space. Two years later, Strazzinski began to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro where she anticipates her thesis exhibition in April 2022 and the formation of a new studio/community space: The Labor Room.

Awards, grants, and residencies include: 2021 Artist-In-Residence, Greensboro Project Space (Greensboro, NC); 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Studios at MASS MocA (North Adams, MA); 2019 New England Creative Community Fellow, National Art Strategies (Topsham, VT); 2019, two-time recipient of Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire grants for Ashland Street Project Space and the City Council Zine series(North Adams, MA); 2019 Assets for Artists project grant recipient (North Adams, MA); 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Springboard for the Arts (Fergus Falls, MN); 2018 North Adams Project Matched Savings grant program, Assets for Artists (North Adams, MA).

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