Dream Chasers Club has recently under gone some renovations and last week it opened up with an exhibition by Ashton Kaleigh called Man-made Machinations. I was really struck by the paintings as I walked in. I noticed that the titles below them were hashtagged. It was easy to see what Ashton was trying to convey with her art. Society has really reached a new point in fragility and huge dependence on technology and it has affected us. I recommend this exhibition to any one in the El Paso region. It will be up all month.
I was able to ask Ashton what some of her paintings meant and she walked me through some of her masterpieces. Obviously I will not mention all the paintings for those who go check it out. The first one is called #TINKER and it "has to do with the fragility of everybody and she is working on her heart because we constantly try to fix ourselves and the mechanical thing is basically how we go through our daily grind." There is another painting that is called #BARELYFUNCTIONING that also touches on that gear motif presented in the previous painting mentioned.
Another painting called #THEBIGFIVE refers to the five biggest companies that basically own the media "so it's a controlling of what we know and he is going through the sunflower field. The sunflowers are representative of us. He is killing the things that go along it."
Ashton then pointed to the painting next to that one which were of two sunflowers and explained why those represented us as humans. This whole exhibition is an analogy of society today. There are hidden truths in these paintings, some are more obvious than others. They are all wonderfully done. Please if you are reading this, go support local art.
Below is some of her artwork that was mentioned above, If you want to see more of her artwork then her on Instagram: ashton_kaleigh !!!