Papercuts

Collages by Ashlie Chavez

backSPACE, September 14 – October 9, 2013

Hey World, paper collage on book insert, 20″ x 20″

Artist Statement

PAPERCUTS is a handpicked collection of collages I have produced over the past few years. While each piece is a product of my own personal experience, the mundane content and domestic aesthetic of my work make it relatable to most viewers. Some pieces may appear pretty, some tragic, but all have a certain banality that reminds us of the bonds we share with each other and with the world around us. This sense of connection has served as a source of inspiration for the creation of my collages; I am drawn to the idea of piecing together fragments of paper to make something whole that everyone can identify with. In this sense, Papercuts represents a coming together; it represents life.

– Ashlie Chavez, Artist

About the Artist

Ashlie Chavez is an innovative artist and photographer based in Los Angeles. She has a BFA in Creative Photography and shoots collaboratively with her twin sister, Amber. The Chavez twins have a preference for traditional film photography and rely solely on analog technology to shoot everything from family portraits to album covers. While the girls’ fine art photography embodies their symbiotic relationship, in contrast to their identities as individuals, Ashlie’s collages have gained the artist significant recognition on her own.

Ashlie is inspired by her son, her mother, and her theocratic hope for the future. Her work is idiomatic and sentimental, but above all, sincere.

Exhibition curated by Jennilee Kinnunen Phillips.

Exhibition photographs by Jennilee Kinnunen Phillips.

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