My current body of work combines imagined moments with ideas of survival and strangeness. Focusing on the idea of being in love and the importance of feeling endangered, I am building compositions full of clumsy and captivating characters; some I find quite beautiful, others less so; that seem to offer up a sense of primal madness and discreet indiscretion. I portray these human and non-human figures simultaneously clumsy and captivating, inviting and repulsive, harmless and relentless, dirty and sweet. In these new works, I am drawing inspiration from uninhibited moments, people’s wild sides, their intense emotions and apathies. And through exploration I am attempting to make work that is challenging and full of surprise I am after moments of wonder, wander, and lust. I am searching for visual delights.

Ashley Adiano Gattis