Ashley Doggett

b. 1995, Nashville, TN
Our past is what we work from to carve out the future. My work delivers the commingling of the past, present and future while using the human body as an allegorical metaphor.
To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing
To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing

In a direct conversation with contemporary art practices, Ashley Doggett explores themes of religion, race, gender and dissociation by citation of historical narratives. Her focus is America’s tragic legacy of white supremacy, slavery and the trauma that is often revised or erased by dominant historical narratives. In her paintings, drawings and woodcuts that are primarily figurative works, she recontextualizes racial stereotypes in an act of aesthetic protest. Her reclaiming of these icons encourages reconsideration and engagement with these historic, yet systemic and recurring issues. While grounded in the technical influence and traditional skills of the old masters, she draws upon pop culture and the practices of living artists like Margaret Bowland, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley to create sumptuous, irreverent and profound works.

Ashley Doggett is based in Nashville and received her BFA from Nashville’s Watkins College of Art in 2018. While working as both an artist and educator, she has won many awards and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the region. Her work and its reviews have been published in Rhizome, Nashville Arts and New American Paintings, among others. The Princeton University Museum of Art recently purchased a work of hers for their permanent collection.



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To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing
To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing
Being And Knowing I Have Been Born Many TImes and Yet My Life Has Yet to be Lived
Being And Knowing I Have Been Born Many TImes and Yet My Life Has Yet to be Lived
Oh Black Woman, They Have Long Sought To Confuse You
Oh Black Woman, They Have Long Sought To Confuse You
A Fire Consumes Her Before She Sobs
A Fire Consumes Her Before She Sobs
Blackened
Blackened
A History: A Time For Tears
A History: A Time For Tears
To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing
To Reject A Thing is to Know a Thing
acrylic, graphite, charcoal, soot and Sumi ink on Arches paper, 30x45
2018
Being And Knowing I Have Been Born Many TImes and Yet My Life Has Yet to be Lived
Being And Knowing I Have Been Born Many TImes and Yet My Life Has Yet to be Lived
woodblock carving, 36x48.5
2018
Oh Black Woman, They Have Long Sought To Confuse You
Oh Black Woman, They Have Long Sought To Confuse You
woodblock carving, 48.5x15
2018
A Fire Consumes Her Before She Sobs
A Fire Consumes Her Before She Sobs
intaglio etcing with Drypoint, 20x20
2017
Blackened
Blackened
intaglio etching with aquatint, 12x8
2017
A History: A Time For Tears
A History: A Time For Tears
oil on canvas, 39x27
2016