ashley V. Blalock
Ms. Blalock's recent artworks are a conscious effort to combine both 'fine art' and 'craft' in order to examine the lower status relegated to craft, especially crochet, which is traditionally a female practice. Some of her figurative pieces consist of crocheted wall hangings positioned to cast a shadow which is as much a part of the work as the hanging panel. Other works incorporate lines of crocheted text meant to combine art and literature. Her works are explorations of self-identity, tradition, and mortality that clothe non- 'fine art' materials, such as plastic canvas and yarn, in the guise of 'high art'.