Ashley Blalock
Keeping Up Appearances

Ashley Blalock fuses craft and fine art to create objects and site-specific installations inspired by everyday artifacts from the female domestic sphere. She uses the meditative process of crochet to explore themes of discomfort and coping mechanisms used to provide solace from the stress and trauma of modern life.

Blalock's site-specific installation, Keeping Up Appearances, consists of vibrant red forms nailed to the wall that are actually giant crochet doilies. Although non-threatening and quaint in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale the forms overtake the viewer and cover the walls.

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Ashley Blalock, Keeping up Appearances, 2013. Cotton crochet thread, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Keeping Up Appearances