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Looking Glass Gallery exhibit features work of Ashley Spero

Pod_t.jpgBOONE—An exhibition titled “The Slithering Creature that Leaks through the Realm of Your Subconscious” will be on view Jan. 12 – Feb. 2, 2010, in Plemmons Student Union’s Looking Glass Gallery at Appalachian State University. A reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, from 6–7 p.m.

The exhibit features the work of Ashley Spero, a senior art major at Appalachian. She incorporates a range of media and variety of processes in her work, particularly sculpture and painting.

Pod_t2.jpgThis pod is a steel mesh, foam, wood, fiberglass resin, stain, and beeswax sculpture created by Appalachian State University art major Ashley Spero. Her work will be on display at the university from Jan. 12-Feb. 2. (Photo submitted)

Nature is the chief inspiration of Spero’s work, which often is created from rotted burls and logs. The history and inherent environment of this material gives Spero an instant connection to the piece and serves as a basis for her intuitive process. She intertwines organic and synthetic materials as well to illustrate the juxtaposition of fabricated elements with that of the natural environment.

According to her artist’s statement, these pieces take on anthropomorphic qualities with fluent forms and smooth transitions. The voluptuous, feminine contours used in these works are directly rooted to ideas of the female earth. This visual aesthetic alludes to ideas that emerge from the natural environment, yet dwell in the subconscious and  serves to provide a more holistic outlook that blends the external, natural world with that of the meditative, spiritual one.

Spero has exhibited work at the University of North Carolina General Administration in Chapel Hill, as well at Appalachian’s Art Expo, where she received the juror’s choice for best sculpture,. Spero has also exhibited her work at a music and art festivals. Several of her pieces have been purchased for a private collection by the Mial Plantation at Walnut Hill in Raleigh. She has participated in several internships in Santa Fe, N.M., and an artist residency with Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall.

Spero currently serves as a studio technician for the Department of Art’s sculpture program and is a member of the Catherine J. Smith Gallery staff.

The exhibition was curated by Dianna Loughlin. Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union. For more information, visit