Shrouded in Lace (From: The Haunted Mind) | Dass Transfer and Thread on Paper | 20" x 26" | 2015
A Secret (From: The Haunted Mind) | Dass Transfer and Thread on Paper | 20" x 20" | 2014
Artist Statement: The Haunted Mind is a body of work that addresses themes of duality, anxiety, and mortality. When my mother passed away five years ago, I became consumed by depression and anxiety. These images are visual representations of hidden fears and anxieties. Multiple figures inhabit the frame to depict internal conflicts and the duality that exists within the self. Inspiration for the series comes from literature, film noir, nightmares, and an obsession with death. The images are primarily created in wooded areas and isolated landscapes in order to visually render the unconscious mind. Using digital manipulation, multiple figures are montaged and printed onto Dass transfer film, then transferred onto thin Japanese paper. The transfer allows for manipulation, which can blur or distort parts of the image. This distortion created during the transfer process creates an ethereal, dreamlike aesthetic that alters the sense of reality in each image. The finished pieces are one-of-a-kind and cannot be replicated.
Ashley Whitt is a fine art photographer whose work deals with themes of duality within the self, psychological states, and mortality. She uses a variety of photographic techniques including Dass transfers, digital manipulation in Photoshop, sculptural bookmaking, and traditional darkroom processes. Ashley is a Texas native and currently resides in Dallas. Recently, Ashley’s series The Haunted Mind has been featured in several publications including The Hand Magazine and an interview in Fragmentary, an online publication. Her work has been in multiple shows at galleries including Kirk Hopper Fine Art (Texas), Photosynthesis Gallery (Connecticut), and Photoplace Gallery (Vermont). Ashley graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2012, where she earned her MFA in Photography. Prior, she graduated from UT Arlington in 2009, with a BFA in Photography. Ashley currently teaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for Dallas County and Collin County Community Colleges. She also works as the photography lab manager at Mountain View College. Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally including: Texas, Vermont, California, China, and India.