Ashley A. Jones self-identifies as a black feminist artist from Duquesne, Pennsylvania, who works hard to develop conceptual drawings and paintings that speak both to her and to the viewers about the beauty that exists in African American history and culture. Her work currently explores colorism, black women’s liberation movement, identity, black folk lore and self-acceptance among women in the African American community.
In 2005, Jones completed her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Central State University in Ohio, and is now a current Master of Fine Arts candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is experimenting with different mediums to perfect her practice and build a consistent and clear style in her work.
Part of Jones’s process before she starts any piece is to research as much as she can about a specific topic and recreate it in a fashion that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also educational. In performing this process, her goal is not to just merely capture the image with a pencil or brush, but to breathe life once more into a topic.
Jones’s overall intent is to make incisive and poignant works of art that critiques all forms of sexism, discrimination and oppression among black women. With every completed piece, Jones attempts to reveal a long forgotten time in African American history. As with any recreated moments from the past, she is mindful of the challenge of not caricaturing the moment, but instead capture it in all its glory and its flaws.
Ashley A. Jones, Hair Identity #3, 2016 (charcoal and chalk on wood panel)