Ashton Lacy Jones

The creative process for me process driven; I want to see how far I can push a medium, to see if I can make the wild idea in my imagination come to fruition.  Art speak and theory hold little sway with me, I would rather talk to you about how I make my art and the tools I used.   For me, the creation of art is very much a call and response process – the art itself, a mark, line, a color calls to me and I respond.

For my silk screen and encaustic prints, I start with one of my photographs which I manipulate then burn into a silk screen.  Printing only elements from each screen I begin to build the bones of my print. Using encaustic medium on a large heated plate I can incorporate additional color, marks, and images to the paper.  In some cases, I layer additional screen printing, stenciling, pencil marks and even more encaustic to build the final composition.

My assemblages begin by responding to left-over scrap metal collected from another artist.  Using only the shapes and colors of these pieces of metal as found, I begin to build the assemblage. These pieces are created on a hard substrate, most often wood, and the wax worked with a blow torch.  In these works, the encaustic allows for three-dimensional work, gouging, texture, mark making, and translucent layering. 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida color vibrated and pulsed all around me.  I love the surprise of an unexpected color combination, a juxtaposition I had not imagined and then I try to discover what those colors sparked in me; to see if I can I capture that immediacy and hold firm that flicker of inspiration. I often dance in my studio when color and shape come together to create something larger than my conscious imagination could have composed.  Those are moments of divine intervention. 

While I have been creating art in various forms throughout my life it was not until 2010 when I naturally reversed serious health conditions by quitting the practice of law and switched to creating art on a full-time basis.