PRINTMAKING / PERFORMANCE
The printmaking process for Ayshia possesses a hyper-curiosity in its fluid yet ‘mechanical’ procedure… these contrasting and contradictory elements have an energetic and mysterious force embedded within the printmaking experience. Therefore, Ayshia’s prints are either full of explosively colourful chaos or expansive voids based on the nature of the universe, human activity and the planets. They are eclectic in the sense that she draws from mature and child-like depths, nuanced with regards to what’s hidden and visible within the works and existential with a hint of absurdity, hyperactive and multi-layered with visual gravity. Ayshia’s prints are unique creations akin to painting as she uses the printmaking procedure more like a painting process merged with performance. She produces one unique print, there are no duplicates of prints but rather narratives. The works can contain vibratory dreamlike yet apocalyptic energy through the use of dynamic colour combinations and her particular method of ‘buttering the paper.’ There is a sense of serene destruction within the pieces which eludes to personal overarching anxiety about the future of society, culture and environment where possible disasters loom on the horizon.
Notes on ‘The Apocalypse Will Be Pretty‘ series;
“I wanted to show a sense of apocalypse… but not through the well-known dark themes so widely used. An apocalypse will be bright (if any) and our human eyes are drawn to its brightness. Therefore, there’s a sense of serene destruction within the pieces which eludes to personal and societal overarching anxiety about the future of society, culture and environment – perhaps a possible nuclear, biological disaster, famine or something else? There are more questions to be found within the work than answers as I am highlighting a personal narrative in the form of visual sublimity through the use of hues and temporal forms.”