We are constantly searching for sustained happiness, trying to get as close as we can to a “perfect” life. But often we forget that our condition is one that is riddled with unpredictability and constant change. This exhibit touches on the many ways in which we suffer and cause suffering to ourselves and others. It seeks to make sense of our pain and to encourage ways through it. Our strength and quality of life come from the ability to pick ourselves back up again and again. We suffer, but we also have what it takes to continue rebuilding our lives.
Ashley Mintz grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she was often involved in dance, choir and theater while in school. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting, she began painting and drawing. Her paintings often revolve around social justice issues and the human condition. She often incorporates writing into her abstract paintings as a way to combine her two favorite forms of art.
Ashley is a recent recipient of THRIVE funding, which is funding provided by Metro Arts in Nashville, to facilitate community art projects. She taught painting and writing workshops and put together a community art exhibit through this project.
She currently lives and creates in Nashville. Ashley has performed music, read poetry and shown art around Nashville as well as other states in the South and back home in New Mexico. She continues to teach painting and writing workshops as a way of helping others to tap into their creative sides!