Ashley Roberts is a visual artist and painter whose work explores a biodiverse ecosystem. Born in Florida, and residing in New York, Ashley’s work is inspired by the interconnectivity of people and our planet. Bold colors, intricate patterns, and chaotic linework resemble the inner workings of all living beings (veins, blood, and movement). Through her work, Ashley aims to reenergize the need for a more biodiverse society.
Photographer Uwakokunre “Kokie” Imasogie captured the sensual side of the talented artist for this C-Heads Exclusive. Photographed with: Canon E0S 1; film used: Kodak Portra 400
Ashley, how long have you been painting?
…this question… dare I say ‘all my life’ as most would? In reality, I began painting at a very young age (around 6), shifted focus to photography in my 20’s, and then it’s as if painting rediscovered me this past year.
What does it mean to you to have a space to create?
A space to create, for me, is merely a headspace. While I’m grateful to have a physical space to create, it further helps me understand that the creative process is all about tuning into a specific mindset. That tuning in allows me to express my thoughts visually without judgement.
My studio is a constant work in progress, as is my work. It feels great to be in a safe space to just exist, and express myself.
“For the longest time humans, as a species, have viewed nature as an infinite resource when in reality it is a FINITE resource.”
What do you mean when you say “Biodiverse Society” ?
I’m mainly referring to a society where humans have a symbiotic relationship with nature & all living beings that occupy our planet. For the longest time humans, as a species, have viewed nature as an infinite resource when in reality it is a FINITE resource. Certain species are needed for others to live, and humans need other species to survive as we do now. Basically, let’s all give a shit about our planet, work to preserve its biodiversity, and not force it to be groomed to our liking.
When I look at your work I see the chaos you mentioned but I also see chaos juxtaposed with synchronicity and fluidity. Are these themes that you see in nature and thus portray in your work?
Yup – I’d say that’s spot on. It’s not like I get the opportunity to frolic in nature as much as I’d like to, but I’m constantly inspired by the smallest movements or patterns that it has to offer. Patterns in our everyday life like pallets of boxes stacked remind me of microalgae that must repeat to create an impact. I often find myself frequently using the term ‘organized chaos’. Grateful that my paintings make you feel something. That’s all one can hope for.
Photographer: Uwakokunre “Kokie” Imasogie @sometimesitakefotos
Model: Ashley Roberts @ashleyroedotcom