An Installation by Ashley Sloan
March 27th, 2010 7pm-10pm
Pink balloons float ambivalently over viewers’ heads for one night; enticing, inviting, hovering and oppressing. With the balloons poised overhead, the viewer is invited into a transitional space that exists between the ascension and descension of the installation. Laced with a feminine aesthetic, High Hopes creates a consciously liminal space of reflection, anticipation, eagerness and double-edged celebration.
Ashley Sloan longs for, yet is cynical of, youthful self-indulgence and ignorance. Sloan’s work portrays the moment when one involuntarily shakes off the shroud of stability and carelessness, to reveal an adult life of hope, disappointment and realistic worldview. Her drawings, paintings and objects contain a subtle usage of humor, contradiction and delicateness to create a common understanding of this maturing process.
Ashley Sloan was born December 11, 1983 in the small town of Albany, Oregon. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR in 2007.