My paintings and sculptures grasp at the blurry edges of memory, attempting to transmute the non-material into haptic experience. Sunny childhood memories appear within my work in many repeated forms: jump ropes, cookies, beaches, forts, and interior spaces. I think about the clash between the actual past versus the faulty or enhanced memories of the past. Can nostalgia over-beautify a memory beyond recognition? When I try to recall a memory over and over, why is it increasingly hard to visualize? My goal is to capture the immateriality of personal memories and translate them into the material realm of pattern, color, and form. The shapes flicker from abstract to representational and back again as I paint, mirroring the way memories fluctuate from intangible to distinct when recalled. I long to remember my childhood because it was a time when everything was light-hearted and focused on play.
Ashely Peifer is an artist and textile designer living in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a BA in Visual Art from Taylor University in Indiana. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo shows at Galleria Daniele Agostini in Lugano, Switzerland, Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Beard Art Center Gallery at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, the Urban Outfitters blog, Design*Sponge, and Maake Magazine, as well as numerous art blogs and digital magazines.