Dip-Dye Paintings by Ashleigh Rosa
What inspired your ‘Forecast’ series?
I’d just returned to sunny California from a visit to my childhood home of North Country New Hampshire, where there are perpetual grey skies, dense humidity, and soaking rain. All that ill-tempered weather I under-appreciated while growing up suddenly became the primary inspiration in my work. I find I’m always longing for a rainy day, and that psychological weight it tends to carry.
What are your favorite materials to work with?
Oil paint will always be my favorite. Something about the smell paired with the luscious texture equals perfection to me! The Forecast Series is made using fabric dyes on hearty paper. The dip-dying process yields completely different results than that of a brush, and being forced to embrace the unexpected and accidental has been a real game changer in my work.
Besides making art, you also teach it. How do these practices work together?
Teaching art and maintaining a regular studio practice go hand in hand. When I’m engaged in the process of making, playing, experimenting, failing, and starting again, then I’m in tune with what I expect of my students. Teaching also pushes me to reflect on my own process a little deeper.
What’s the Ashleigh Rosa theme song?
This song is my failsafe for getting into the groove of things in the studio: De Usuahua a la Quiaca by Gustavo Santaolalia. Never gets old.
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Images: Ashleigh Rosa, west elm