Ashley Edgerton Oates
Ashley Oates
Artist Statement

Drawing upon characters from Watership Down, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and A Room of One’s Own, I make small worlds where the inhabitants struggle with the choice of being protected or being controlled. What do we give up to be protected? This series, Burrow, uses photograms to explore the binary relationships of strength and fragility; truth and fiction; protection and vulnerability.

Photograms, without being beholden to Renaissance perspective, play by their own rules of representation. They create traces, outlines, memories of what once lay on the photosensitive material. What remains is the inherent duality of absence and presence.