ASHLEY DOGGETT: KEPT INSIDE - HIS VICES
David Lusk Gallery Nashville / 516 Hagan St. September 3, 2019 - September 28, 2019
In a direct conversation with contemporary art practices, Ashley Doggett explores themes of religion, race, gender and dissociation by citation of historical narratives. Her focus is America’s tragic legacy of white supremacy, slavery and the trauma that is often revised or erased by dominant historical narratives. In her paintings, drawings and woodcuts that are primarily figurative works, she recontextualizes racial stereotypes in an act of aesthetic protest. Her reclaiming of these icons encourages reconsideration and engagement with these historic, yet systemic and recurring issues. While grounded in the technical influence and traditional skills of the old masters, she draws upon pop culture and the practices of living artists like Margaret Bowland, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley to create sumptuous, irreverent and profound works.
Ashley Doggett is based in Nashville and received her BFA from Nashville’s Watkins College of Art in 2018. While working as both an artist and educator, she has won many awards and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the region. Her work and its reviews have been published in Rhizome, Nashville Arts and New American Paintings, among others. The Princeton University Museum of Art recently purchased a work of hers for their permanent collection.