Lives and works in Oakland, California
10/27/03 is a body of work that explores religious indoctrination and identity within the confines of a religious upbringing. In this body of work, I'm questioning who gets to constitute the spiritual value of a black individual and whether that spiritual value can co-exist within environments of divisiveness and trauma. Informed by my own personal experiences, 10/27/03 is a visual and metaphorical interpretation of my religious childhood experiences. Through the use of allegorical portraiture, I investigate how growing up with stringent belief systems incapacitates the body and mind—to further understand how our traumas and experiences inform the Black psyche.
For Dust You Are And To Dust You Shall Return, 2021
Facing Giants, 2021
Church Shoes, 2021
A Photo of My Rebirth, 2021
A Return To The Water, 2021
Self-Abridged Passages, 2021
The Water Cleanses, 2021
Little Saint, 2021
Ashley Ross currently works and resides in the Bay Area. Her personal work explores familial legacy and cultural aspects of black existence. Through the use of family archives and allegorical portraiture, her work seeks to investigate and make connections between understanding how traumas and experiences contribute to and inform our identity.