Ashley M. Freeby: Plots and Hems

Opening: Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 3 – 5 pm
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 3 – 5 pm

5020 S. Cornell
Chicago, IL 60615

On view starting September 13.

Gallery 5

A public reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Artist Ashley M. Freeby, reflects on the traditions of her family as methods for healing. Born to a Black farmer and a Pennsylvania Dutch quilt maker, Freeby reflects on the crafts her family members mastered. A family divided by race, Freeby uses language, constructs fabric works, and a series of schematic drawings to collaborate with members of her family and join them in one collective space. This new body of work challenges Freeby to connect with family members living or deceased to develop and learn the crafts they left behind.

Freeby anchors her interdisciplinary, labor intensive practice in a curiosity for truth telling. She is inspired by unexpected back to Earth monuments and often contemplates how we keep the dead out of the realm of the living. Thinking about the world below the surface her work uses minimalist aesthetics with poetic language to investigate site. She recently has been exploring how aerial views can be used as a form to spark memory. Exploring the layers of Earth from the surface down or from above she is establishing methods to reconnect the dead with the living. 

About the Artist: 

Ashley Freeby (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist born in rural Pennsylvania but currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Bucknell University. She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Toronto Canada, and Pennsylvania. She has participated in residencies at Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington D.C. (forthcoming), The Vermont Studio Center, HATCH Projects in Chicago, and the Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin. She was recently awarded the SPARK Microgrant through the Chicago Artists Coalition.


Image: Ashley M. Freeby, Exploration of Grandma’s Quilt, 2018, quilt facing made by Katie E. Schadler (grandmother of artist)