Ashley Billingsley maintains a studio in East Boston and is half of Studio Billingsley, an art and design consulting practice she founded with collaborator Mic Billingsley. Across media and subjects, her work explores tonal and thematic concerns including vulnerability and turbulence, tenuousness, and a sense of being that is non-narrative and alert to the presence of others. She locates her work within representations of landscape, and uses materials that embody the content they depict as a way to erode the distinction between the concept and its execution.
Recent projects include Reverse River, a series of paintings excerpting fragments of the Cambodian landscape along the Tonlé Sap River; and Fire in Woods, graphite drawings inspired by a scene in Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, Seven Samurai. Select exhibitions include An Aesthetics of Slowness at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, NY; On the Streets, an exhibition at JavaArts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, sponsored by apexart, NY; and A Seat at the Table, on view through December 2019 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, MA. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University combined degree program, and a BFA from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.