The Gallery 4 presents
"With the Grain" Recent Works by Ashley Jean Hickey
"With the Grain" opens Saturday, June 7th, 2014 and runs through Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .
The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome Ashley Jean Hickey. Ashley Hickey is a sculptor and mixed media artist living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in sculpture and drawing in 2011 from California University of PA, she has exhibited in more than a dozen shows around the Pittsburgh area, including three solo exhibitions. Hickey’s work was featured in 2013’s RAW: Natural Born Artists: Semi-Final event, where she took home the title of RAW Pittsburgh’s Visual Artist of the Year. She has served as the Vice-President and Exhibitions Co-Chair for the Society of Sculptors and is also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
As a child, Ashley spent much of her time playing in the woods of her New Hampshire home where she discovered her love for nature. Among the trees, dirt and grass is where she felt most content. This influence has always had a profound presence in her artwork. Fascinated by the beauty and simplicity of the natural world, she employs moss, lichen and wood as her primary materials. In what she refers to as “moss paintings,” preserved moss serves as the medium, forming organic, abstract patterns across the wood canvases. Hickey’s work allows the viewer to enjoy pure, though manipulated, nature within the confines of the indoors.
Ashley, on her work:
"The work featured in “With the Grain” is a combination of new and previous pieces, showing the growth and evolution of my fascination with moss as a medium. When I create a new piece, I imagine the canvas has moss seeping through and dripping down the surface, budding in some areas with lichen, a tree fungus. In previous work, I built up acrylic around the edges of the moss and painted the wood, focusing on the fluidity of the design. With my most recent work, I have let the wood speak for itself when applying the moss, using the grain patterns for guidance. Both styles of execution result in a strong visual significance.
I use moss for its wonderful texture and color, but also for its representation of nature. I am fascinated by the symbolism and beauty of plants, trees and animals and the relationship we, as humans, form with these surroundings. An incredibly resilient and unique plant, moss symbolizes the remarkable impact we have on our world and the influence our world has on us."
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.