Warrior Girl, 2020
Mixed media on wood
In With the Old: Art Journaling with Old Books / November 7 – 12, 2021
My work compiles stories that are my own as well as those of my loved ones, my ancestors and the humble words of strangers. With themes of poverty, death, mental illness, masculinity/femininity and racial injustice, the bright colors and inclusion of words I use create underlying themes of survival, redemption and hope.
When creating, I let my intuition and my subconscious do most of the work, especially in the beginning of creating a piece. I usually don’t know what I am going to paint when I start putting down paint and materials, but once I see outline of motion and movement between people or things, I start defining it. And I often find that the piece is reminiscent of something from my past or something that I am working through in the moment, in my own life.
With painting, I love that I can tell stories with my work, but each piece still leaves room for viewers to get what they need from the work. And through creativity, I can tell stories that resonate with others, inspiring them to use creativity in their own way and use their own voice.
Ashley Mintz is a visual artist and writer creating and residing in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mintz began her creative journey when she moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Composing and recording her own instrumental music, she has had original music used in independent and short films and a play. She began doing abstract drawings and paintings after having some works chosen for an exhibition for emerging artists. Mintz has since had her art exhibited in galleries, hotels, boutiques, community centers and café’s, among other places. She has also had her art in the background of two films.
As a writer of poetry and song lyrics, she often incorporates writing into her paintings and also exhibits poetry and lyrics alongside paintings. She has been invited to read her poetry and perform music at different arts festivals.
Ashley regularly teaches her art and writing techniques in art journaling and mixed media art workshops as a way to help others cultivate their creativity and to use art as a way of healing.