Ashley Metro is an abstract artist who was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ashley is a painter who has created murals, photo shoot backdrops, and has now started to use her talents to tell people’s personal stories. Ashley wants to create positive change with her art that is shared via several platforms.
Ashley’s current series is based on people who have been victimized by hate due to their appearance, personal characteristic, or so on. Ashley speaks to the victims who describe their experience and subsequently creates artwork inspired by that individual’s experience. The work can be seen here: https://www.abstractideology.com
Ashley recently discussed this series and more via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you discover your love for art and how did you develop your unique style?
Ashley Metro (AM): I started creating art as soon as I could hold a pencil, however my entire life I was told that art was meant to be an extracurricular or hobby. It wasn’t until about two years ago when I finally began to be honest with myself about my true ambitions which prompted me to pursue this dream I’ve always had. My unique style was ignited when I came together with a talented photographer and event curator, Matt Robertson, for a photoshoot. I ended up painting on the model and the background with this graphic art style on photo paper. This shoot inspired me to paint on large backgrounds, and I was supported by Matt, who gave me countless rolls of photo paper to create large scale murals for the Self Loathing Factory events that he ran in Austin, Texas.
MM: What inspired you to make your latest series that focus on real-life traumas that people have experienced?
AM: I was inspired by my own conflicted feelings at the time of the initial outbreak of Covid-19. I felt like the curtain of my reality was shifted and I saw a dramatic realignment in the world around me. With this piece, I wanted to create something honest that has multiple layers to it with references to the brutal reality of what’s happening in the world right now.
MM: How did you get the opportunities to collaborate with so many established people?
AM: I think that we all had similar ideals towards wanting to make our society be held accountable in order to collectively grow. Furthermore, everyone I work with has a strong appreciation for innovation through the medium of art.
MM: How has Covid affected your career and life?
AM: Covid has changed the way everyone lives. I think it’s almost impossible to view it through just one perspective. We are all suffering differently. I personally have had so many battles with myself in trying to wrap my mind around this new way of living, but by stepping back and remembering that we are all in this together (although we have to stay 6 feet apart) helps motivate me to find ways around the blockages Covid creates.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon and is there anything else that you would like to talk about?
AM: I have many different projects and ideas I am working on to release in the future. The only teaser I have to include is to simply look between the lines and for the codes hidden in everything I do to unlock the bigger picture.