Kelsey Ashe is a contemporary artist and writer, who has developed a signature aesthetic and prose that draws from themes hidden, mysterious, esoteric and surreal. Kelsey Ashe has a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD Art) which directs a depth of knowledge into her contemplative works, delving into allegorical, historical and mythological narratives that are often emphatically feminine.
Exploring the symbology of cultures, both ancient and modern, local and global, Ashe seeks resonances from previous era’s; sensing traces of stories or beliefs from place, to perceive perceptions or concerns for contemporary culture. Ashe’s practice-led research has traversed print and illustration, textiles and cloth, photography and film, performance and painting, with each new idea finding its unique expression of form.
"My creative works are responses to stories or mythologies that intrigue me…usually because of a hidden, esoteric element and often with a historical/contemporary or East/West dichotomy. For example the constructed Exotic; where multiple layers of myth, story and culture have dwelled in one landscape or place, transitioning and interacting over time, has been a central concern. I am drawn to human expressions of the universal mysteries in graphic forms and patterns, favouring semiotic readings over literal or formal ones. The mystery of life on both a cosmic and human scale delights and fascinates me and my practice-led production follows this intrigue at will…" (Kelsey Ashe, 2019)
Ashe's interest in the hidden and unknown, unreachable sublime has linked her studies to Surrealism and Dark Romanticism, but also to the tenets of Japanese Aesthetic Philosophy. Through these Art-historic areas of interest, Ashe is able to explore aesthetics of cross-cultural identity drawn from Celtic ancestry and the Austral-Asian basin she calls home - the vast geographical region that sweeps from Polynesia to Aotearoa (New Zealand) across the land mass of Tasmania and Australia to Asia and Japan.
Dr. Kelsey Ashe has Exhibited Nationally and Internationally, including at the iconic Sedona Arts Centre in Arizona USA, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh UK, Site: Brooklyn Gallery New York USA, Barrett Art Centre New York USA, the WA Maritime Museum Fremantle AUS and the National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne AUS.