Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Ashley M. Freeby: Plots & Hems

Born to a Black farmer and a Pennsylvania Dutch quilt maker, Chicago-based artist Ashley Freeby, reflects on the traditions of her family as methods for healing. She explores how the ariel view of a site of resting can be used as a form of remembering in this new body of work presented in Plots & Hems. Employing therapeutic techniques of piecing together fabric and working the land, Freeby builds structures, develop language, and grow materials to reflect on various sites of trauma.

Image: Ashley M. Freeby, Exploration of Grandma’s Quilt, 2018, quilt facing made by Katie E. Schadler (grandmother of artist)
  • September 15 – November 24, 2019

  • Gallery 5

About Ashley M. Freeby

Freeby anchors her interdisciplinary, labor intensive practice in her curiosity for truth telling. Beginning with an acute exploration of American history she investigate a collective, more inclusive story around the current society we live in. By rooting her practice in historical events and our current political time, Freeby develops an understanding of how the injustices against people of color throughout history inform our understanding of American society today. The discoveries of pre existing documentation and objects are reused or recreated by hand, to build a critical examination of societal social constructs of identity and culture.

Freeby graduated with an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018.  She has had solo exhibitions at Kanzlei, Berlin, Germany, and GalleryX, Chicago, IL. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in Toronto, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. Recent residencies include  Vermont Studio Center (2019); Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin (2018); Chicago Artist Coalition (2018-19). Freeby is a Hyde Park Art Center Ground Floor 2018 alum.