Ashley Doggett | The New Engagement

Ashley Doggett

Ashley Doggett

Ashley Doggett

As a Nashville based POC (person of color) artist, Ashley Doggett actively explores themes of religion, race, gender, and dissociation by citing historical narratives and practices, while re-contextualizing them in a contemporary mode of working. She asserts that she has made it her "personal responsibility" to give credence to the experiences of her people while being conscious of the histories that have defined the world as she knows it, both past and present.

From Ashley: "History in its most primordial form to the moments I experience in the present day often co-mingle in a strong conversation with one another in my work through my identity as a queer person of color addressing topics that affect the African American community to how I engage these factors and ideologies in a direct conversation with the contemporary art world. I look to the past as a foundation, be it through citing traditional art-making skills or re-configuring them to engage in a staunch discourse with the world I live in."

Work by This Artist

"A History: A Scourge of Antiblackness and Self Hate, Courtesy of Master Leeroy" by Ashley Doggett, detail
By Ashley Doggett

A reckoning for the blackface minstrel show-runners.

Master Leeroy's Mansion
By Ashley Doggett

Exposed cruelty.

And She Was a Ghost of An Affair
By Ashley Doggett

The Master’s whip subverts its own Aryan perversion.

We The People
By Ashley Doggett

Portraiture of a pitiful past.

Missus' Leeroy Shows Out
By Ashley Doggett

The wretched and the wronged.

Second Detail of "Missus' Leeroy Shows Out"
By Ashley Doggett

Shameless, grotesqueness.

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