Arin Ashley : Member Q & A

Read our interview with Arin Ashley. Arin is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Philadelphia, PA. She is originally from Louisville, KY were she was born and raised. Arin identifies as queer, gender-non-conforming and uses she/they pronouns. She received a BFA in both Glass and Photography from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art in 2019.

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Victoria Smits : Member Q & A

“Probably my biggest challenge has been my upbringing and my marital partners’ (I am divorced and remarried) lack of understanding of the art world and therefore at times unintentional lack of support. While my parents supported me as an artist during my early schooling, I had immense pressure and expectation to be financially stable. I was not strong at ignoring this pressure. I have also experienced divorce, single parenthood, a five-year time period in my current marriage where my husband’s job necessitated he live in another state and I stay in the city where I shared custody with my ex-husband. Messy, yes. My practice has flourished and waned based on the presence of said support. It has been a grieving process of sorts to only now be truly heading toward goals I had established many years ago. I think life has a way of offering us pointers or guides and too often I had to ignore those in lieu of addressing immediate family needs.”

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Mia Marie Overgaard

“I think having kids brought more depth into my life. I feel like my life has more perspective now. And time is much more perceptible. When I was younger I didn’t care as much about time as I do now because it is so visible that time passes with the kids growing and my body changing. Also I feel time is limited in every way; in the studio, with my husband, with my friends and being alive in general. There are so many emotions tied to giving birth to another human being, which for me was the greatest and weirdest thing I ever experienced in my life. In a way I gave birth to both of my kids but also a new me. I was confused in the beginning about who this new me was, but now I feel more confident about who I am and what I want out of this life.”

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Zoe Freney : Member Q and A

“I have a small collection of drawings my sons have made of me over the years. What I love most about these drawings is that they show they’re not fooled by my pretense at calm and control! In one picture it looks like I am in a cleaning frenzy – which does happen sometimes – and in another I am holding a sharp knife in each hand. I feel like I have taught the kids to be critical viewers and thinkers. Aged 16 and 11 they both describe themselves as feminists.”

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Lee Nowell-Wilson : Member Q & A

“So much of motherhood is inexplicable as intense; opposite emotions exist side-by-side. You can feel deep love right next to strong resentment. Loneliness exists right next to never being alone. My work helps me process that whirlwind. I also hate how little contemporary art investigates motherhood in a raw way.”

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