Enriching lives through art and craft

Ashton Ludden

Ashton Ludden
Woolly Bully, 2020
Copper engraving with aquatint

Artist Statement:
My work explores our relationship with other living creatures as we become further removed from the natural
world. I make use of multiple printmaking processes, such as hand-engraving on copper and monotype, to
meticulously depict animals surviving among human impacts, linking the fragile existence of each animal to
its threat. I also recreate “repeat offenders” of litter I’ve collected into delicate engravings and play with these
mass-produced, disposable plastic pieces by transforming them into reproduceable paper print objects. I use
fine art and high craft as a way to temporarily elevate and focus on these objects that are typically seen as cheap,
dismissive and disposable, when in reality, they become a long-term residence of the Earth. In addition to work
created through printmaking, I explore our plastic impact through large-scale weavings created from salvaged
plastics. Through these various approaches, my work, I both share the wild around us and consider our everyday
actions that affect it directly or indirectly. My work aims to evoke a renewal of attentiveness, conservation, and
respect for other living beings.

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