Ashley M. Freeby is taking the depth of her research conducted throughout the last five years and writing a “thesis”. Using that term lightly, Freeby is pulling stories from her personal journals and combining primary source narratives with her research findings to tell a cohesive story around her art practice. Through the lens of found sources, Freeby investigates the intersections between identity/privilege, authority/authenticity and activism/research in American history. By doing so, she recontextualizes pre-existing documentation and objects to reveal how the histories of injustices against African Americans inform our understanding of American society.
Freeby (b. 1986, rural Pennsylvania) is a second year MFA candidate in the Sculpture Department. She is of the first cohort for The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program. Her solo exhibition include: her solo exhibition PALIMPSEST: Present through Past was showcased at Gallery X, Chicago, IL. In addition, she has participated in group exhibitions, including exhibitions with EXPO Chicago 2017, Sullivan Galleries [Chicago], and Samek Art Museum, PA. BA Bucknell University, 2015.