Ashley Jonas, Painting Construct/In the Rain, 2016, cardboard, wood, foam, paint

Shayna McConville cleverly calls Ashley Jonas’ new installations in The Secrets We Keep “3D collage.” Indeed, Ashley says that her objective in these new works is to confuse real and perceived space by cutting, painting and arranging materials to construct both 3D and 2D space.

Her playful painted foamcore and cardboard sculptures are made up of vessels and furniture shapes inspired by objects from her father’s eclectic Key West as well as paintings by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) and Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890-1964).

Her conceptual side is influence by Richard Tuttle’s, (American postminimalist, born 1941) small, subtle, intimate works, as well as the conceptualist play created by the team of Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher (July, born 1974 American film director, screenwriter, actor, author and artist and H Harrell Fletcher born 1967 American artist living in Portland, Oregon).


One of July and Fletcher’s most notable works Learning To Love You More is a the web-based project begun in 2002 on how people think, act and love. With more than sixty ‘assignments’ that can be completed by anyone: ‘Write the phone conversation you wish you could have’; ‘Draw a constellation from someone’s freckles’; ‘Take a flash photo under your bed.’ Completed assignments are posted on the web site; to date, more than 5,000 people have participated.

Ashley was born in Key West, FL and currently lives in Dayton. She received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and BFA from University of Florida, Gainesville. She operates The Blue House Gallery & Studio with her husband Nicholas Arnold and is the Ceramic Artist-in-Residence at Kansas State University for the Spring Semester. The Secrets We Keep: New Works by Zoe Hawk, Ashley Jonas and Stephanie McGuinness will be on view at DVAC through Feb 24, 2017.