Constructs found in my work are inspired by the depths of comfortability within one's form. They are an illustrated example of coexistence, cohabitation, and the coalescence of the human experience. It is a way of documenting how we relate to ourselves, to others, and toward the environment.
The human body is a perception of the soul orchestrated by the senses. The body appears to contain a secret of who we are and what we are to become. I choose to represent the fragility of not only the ecosystem of which we cohabit but the broader interconnection of our impact respecting all species of the planet. How we function in this environment and what we interpret from it resonates clearly in abstracted forms.
Focusing on the use of Intaglio, chine colle, body prints, painting, bookbinding, and mixed media, the formulation and complexities render the experience of the human condition, asking the question of what it truly means to be human through exploration of the human body and its transient interactions.
Ashleigh Cortese is an artist primarily working with the technique of printmaking, painting, body prints, and mixed media. She has been included in several group exhibitions throughout California, with her most recent body of work exploring the ephemeral human condition and the delicate ecosystem we cohabit. Ashleigh received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, in May of 2017 with an emphasis in Printmaking. Along with pursuing her studio work, Cortese also instructs various painting techniques and is available for private lessons upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.