Image courtesy of artist & White Square Gallery
Ashley Scott is an American artist living and working in Berlin.
The basis of her work is her own development in a social context.
It ranges from loss and rejection, to identity as a black woman, to the liberation from colonial structures and racist resentments.
Scott’s work explores the complex history of identity, oppression and liberation of the African diaspora through her own family history and experiences.
The legacy of her Great-Aunt Fancie, a civil rights activist and hat designer, who escaped the Jim Crow south for Chicago in 1942, is the common thread in her works.
The basis for chosen materials such as raw fiber, burnt cotton, glass and iron in vibrant colors is the history of slavery and oppression on the one hand, fight, hope and confidence on the other.
Scott studied fine art and design at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.
Experimentation in design continued with an accessory line she titled “Drapes” that was later picked up in 2009 by Virgil Abloh for his Wicker Park based shop, RSVP Gallery Chicago.
In 2011 Scott received a residence with TOYOTA. Through the Toyota Creatives Residence, she travelled across Europe and Asia participating in exhibitions and creating concept cars. She moved to Berlin in 2014 and since 2016, she is represented by White Square Gallery Berlin.
*In collaboration with White Square Gallery