Ashleigh Wink is a Baltimore-based artist and art educator whose work responds to the act of being present. In noticing overlooked existential occurrences in the form of light, her work questions perceptions of lived experience and the temporality and impermanence ingrained in human existence. She graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art + Design (Painting) and from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She recently earned a MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art following the completion of her thesis exhibition, Noticing, in June 2019.
What do you notice? Do you notice?
My work is a direct response to being present - an exercise in noticing and notating existential occurrences that reveal the temporality and impermanence inherent in our existence. These existential occurrences present themselves in the form of light and its movement across a surface - ever changing in color, in intensity, in perception.
To ‘shed light’ is to illuminate. In noticing the interaction between a reflection of light and a surface, I am attempting to remove expectations in favor of perceiving and experiencing these in-between moments.