The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN

 

A Howling Respect: First Friday with Ashley Addair

This body of work explores interconnectedness as a rumination on memory, legacy, and cultural ties.  Both the materials and process serve as a metaphor for the human experience.  As the paintings evolve, first from a memory or from an oral history, they contend with the mysteries and paradox of the creative process and our primal urge toward making meaning.  Addair uses pattern, color and imagery to create both dissonance and harmony in exploring her Appalachian background and the complexities of shifting identity. 

Ashley Addair is a visual artist, mama of three, and collector of chairs.  She is a modern dancer and holds track and field records in the state of Illinois.  She tells on joke every year at Christmas.  If she weren't a painter she would be a scientist.  Her chief interest is in color and it's use as a metaphor for being.  Addair is an active member of her arts community in Knoxville, Tennessee and her paintings are collected internationally.