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Ashley Harris

RISD GLASS GRADUATE OFF CAMPUS SHOW


Online Group Show featuring Graduating Glass Students: 

Ashley Harris

Rowan Raskin

Fan Su

Shiqi Wu

 

https://www.risdglass2021.com/

An Invitation

ABSTRACT

 

I am currently navigating between the concepts of body, material, space, and surface. I’m exploring ways to document and understand the full extent of my physical body in relation to the boundary and extent of my personal space. Each of my works displays strategies to understand my body and personal space. My intention is to confidently advocate for myself, particularly when my presence is questioned. At a time in which my body and presence are inherently political, I’m finding an urgency in how I articulate what my body is, the spaces my body navigates, and the surfaces to which my body corresponds. My work and ideas are contending with the notion that my body will always extend beyond itself. I will always deal with outward perceptions based on initial reactions to how I look. I’m navigating the  relationship between my body, the perceptions of my body that I can’t control, and the response to my body in relation to surface and space beyond myself. This is a navigation of self. A navigation that becomes a negotiation once an invitation extends beyond myself.

 

 

 

Personal space: My body is inhabiting space all the time, every day, all day. My body collides with others, changes over time and leaves traces. My personal space is occupied by my body, by the built environment around me, and by the presence of others. My personal space extends beyond my physical body. It is the ethereal boundary which is unseen but noticed as a means of protection. It is private extension of myself, ever changing with each encounter.

I am in the process of understanding my personal space and realizing my needs to obtain a comfortable and sustainable way of occupying space. This includes questioning what an invitation into my personal space looks like. My work explores different methods to extend invitations, which, by design, are small or intimate encounters. In doing so, I’m investigating the transition from private to public. I am using these encounters to understand personal space. Personal space is more than a means to set boundaries, it is a way in which self-empowerment occurs beyond the physical body once acknowledgement and respect has been understood and placed within a space.

Revealing an Invitation

Glass, Wax, Wood, Acrylic
5"x8" (Individual Tiles)
2021

 

Revealing an Invitation is a reflection of my thesis book. It is a material and spatial investigation for how I can further understand and re-propose the questions and thoughts that were developed in my thesis writing. 

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