I love reading artist statements but writing one for myself makes me cringe. But of course, I can't close my eyes and wish this art world staple away. Here's what I nailed out...
Ashley-Simone McKenzie is a illustrator, muralist and photographer who creates her work with pens, markers, spray paint and a DSLR. Through vessels of cartoons and surrealistic scenes, she explores contrast and duality with black-and-white or minimal colors. Inspired by childhood nostalgia and psychology, her illustrations and photographs bridge a gap between psychoanalysis and surrealism through a wide range of styles and techniques.
Since graduating New York University (B.S. in Sports Management), she has been engaged in art direction, curation and design, through her experimental studio, ALBOE, and conducting hands-on workshops for Rush Philanthropic at their galleries and partnered schools. Her artwork and projects are placed in various locations in Long Island, New York City, Manchester and Paris.
Ashley-Simone's solo and group exhibitions include The Adventures of Ashley-Simone at The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art; Power, Protest and Resistance at Long Island University – Brooklyn; and Justice at Jersey City Theatre Centre. She is also a former resident artist at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.