Installations | Ashleigh Sumner | Artist | Art Angels

Ashleigh Sumner


Much of Sumner’s work is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner city life, and political/social movements of the past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves the photographs of icons along with material used from found street flyers. These street flyers are Xeroxed and applied repeatedly to wooden canvases creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distressed, paper imagery. Her natural love of text is often implemented through out her pieces by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and theatrical plays. Selected pieces of literature within a piece are not only used to add layers and depth to a work but are often intended to make a subtle political or social statement involving class, gender, poverty and equality. The heavy use of spray paint or “graffiti rambling” is repeated over and over again, illegibly, often as a single song lyric, poem or historic quote. House paint is applied, scrapped and splattered through out the work then partially sanded away with an industrial hand sander to achieve a distressed visual. Lastly, several heavy layers of resin are added to each piece and then flamed with a blow torch to create a perfectly smooth, modern finish to the gritty artwork underneath.