Introducing from our Open call for students the artist Ashley Stokols studying art at School of the Art Institute of Chicago class of 2025 .
Ashley tells us about her work:
It’s stylized self-portraiture in my childhood, but not really about my childhood.
Amorphous creatures climb into my memories and silently observe, punctuating the nature of childhood, a nostalgic imaginary space that you can never really return to.
Hopefully through zooming in on myself, the scenes become universal and relatable.
Images and text courtesy the artist
Caption 1: I trust I’ll wake up tomorrow because mom and dad said I would and if I don’t at least they’ll be in the next room over | 40x50 inches | Oil on Canvas
Caption 2: I can hear you | 28x46 inches | Oil on Canvas
Caption 3: I just wanna be me again | 38x50 inches | Oil on Canvas
Caption 4: I’m scared to look because I fear there is nothing to know, or if there is something to be known it’s the type of thing I’d rather not know | 28x46 inches | Oil on Canvas