Week 12 – Artist Interview: Ashley Sharpe

Going to the galleries this week and there was one gallery that most definitely captured my most attention: Ashley Sharpe’s Meow gallery. One might be able to tell what her art was about after reading the big “Meow” posted on one of the walls of the gallery. Sharpe’s art was different from all the other ones I’ve seen throughout this semester, and that’s why I love it so much. With Sharpe describing her art as part of the pop culture, there was so much more meaning behind every single piece she had.

1Most of her art was cat-related. According to Sharpe, she was filled with anxiety when she first moved out of home and moved to California for school. She wasn’t used to drastic changes such as moving into a completely new environment. I can somewhat understand what she went to because I moved from the Philippines when I was just 10 years old. Drastic changes like these are definitely hard to adjust to, but for Sharpe, she found comfort among the fuzzy little creatures. It all started when she moved in with her roommate, and it just so happened that she owned cats. Although Sharpe has never owned a cat in her life, she found that cats are what made her get through her everyday life.

2Sharpe was born into a family full of artists. She was greatly influenced by her father and grandmother, who both loved to paint. Her passion to draw and paint started at a very early age. She told us a couple of stories of when she would get in trouble by her teacher because she was doodling too much on her papers in class. At the age of 10, Sharpe finally took her first official art class: oil painting. She attended Orange Coast College for a little while, with having an interest in graphic arts. She then transferred to CSULB. After finding out about the school’s printmaking program, she was so thrilled and began learning about how to make art through printmaking herself.

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One of my favorite pieces from Sharpe’s gallery was those pictured above. She told us that she liked working with geometric shapes and patterns, making it look like the images are seen through kaleidoscopes. One of the reasons why I actually liked those prints is because I am also a fan of geometric shapes and I love how it looks like through a kaleidoscopes. Sharpe’s work is a great influence because it is something that really makes her happy, and she wants people to feel the same way!

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