Ashley M. Freeby

(b. 1986, rural Pennsylvania; l. Chicago, IL)


Freeby anchors her interdisciplinary, labor intensive practice in her curiosity for truth telling. Beginning with an acute exploration of American history she investigate a collective, more inclusive story around the current society we live in. By rooting her practice in historical events and our current political time, Freeby develops an understanding of how the injustices against people of color throughout history inform our understanding of American society today. The discoveries of pre existing documentation and objects are reused or recreated by hand, to build a critical examination of societal social constructs of identity and culture.


Freeby recently graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2018.  She has been awarded a residencies at  Vermont Studio Center (forthcoming) and  Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin Germany 2018. Her work has been shown in Germany, Canada, Chicago and Pennsylvania.

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