My role is to bring this information into the world and share it with people. They can experience that energy and gain something from the drawings or weavings. I’m in awe of the process and the result and I want to share that with other people.
Artist Justine Ashbee moved from Seattle to the outskirts of Brighton, UK, four years ago. As her work is inspired by nature, the landscape of the English South Coast is a perfect tool for her artistic research.
We met Justine in her studio and spoke to her about her process, her love of nature and the power of beautiful objects.
I was reading an Apiece Apart Woman interview (yet again) for Justine Ashbee. She’s a jack of all trades kinda lady in terms of creative practice. She makes amazing woven work, photographs, makings beautiful drawings, made a completely mesmerizing light fixture that’s made of hand woven brass sheets, the list goes on. She’s awesome. I thought I would share a favorite quote of mine by Ashbee from her interview:
“We are defined by a life of inquiry. If you allow your curiosity to stop then you risk stagnation. I think it’s important to allow ourselves to fall passionately in love with something and have a rampant love affair with a medium, material, or style, and then later come to understand why, what happened, what you’ve learned and when it’s time to let go of it.”
I take a lot from this interview, specifically the broad sense of falling in love with things or habits for a while and finding a point to eventually let them go. Reading this reminded me, after living in a place with no seasons, how wild and vivid seasons like these New England ones keep me on my toes and give us a chance to start fresh four times a year. I say this because the anticipation of fall (as well as the anticipation of my last year as an undergrad) has definitely already been having me feel this way and it’s been thrilling. Constantly refreshing parts of your life or work is a pretty important thing to keep make a habit of, I think. Justine Ashbee definitely has the right idea in her creative practice. Keep on your toes. Try something new. Take a class on that creative practice you’ve been intimidated to try. Look at your process from a different angle. Refresh your mind! The transition into a new season is always a very permitting time to do so. Note to self, note to you.
“The amorphous entities and reaching tentacles emerge and take form much like the navigation of a surfer within a wave.
These drawings are executed purely by hand, using paint pens. I begin with a curve, from which lines and forms begin to emerge, evolve, morph, and grow organically, in an intuitive flow, while maintaining delicate, elegant precision. The methodology is rhythmic, spontaneous, and direct, reducing interference with mark-making. Much like zen calligraphy, they are improvisational, and intuitively composed, where the physicality and the mark making become one.
I’m utilizing stark, amorphous lines to trace the movement and human experience of the non-linear and imaginational realms. Through this intuitive visual language, a negotiation of the visceral and everyday human experiences of beauty and pleasure, and feeling are given voice.”