Turning Back The C(l)ock: works by Ashley Laird
What year is it? Judging from the work of the Kansas Legislature, in regards to the rights of women, it could be 1960. This body of work was motivated (in part) by the ridiculous and absurd but deathly serious attempts of our elected officials to turn back the clock.
Ashley Jane Laird is a professional muralist who’s most recent work, “Reanimating the Arts in Topeka” can be seen at the Great Mural Wall of Topeka. She is currently organizing a mural on the contributions and issues of women in Kansas. Her recent studio work has focused on portrayals of the body seen through a web of desire and conflict. Laird’s drawings grow intuitively out of her interest in the human form and organic structures relating to systems of roots, synapses, and circulation. Laird is the 2012 recipient of the Arts Advocate award from the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, an organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence.