MEET THE ARTISTS WITH ASHLEY BALDWIN-SMITH
A TALK FROM MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST ASHLEY BALDWIN-SMITH
I am a multi-disciplinary artist, using sculpture, found objects, photography, paint and digital media to highlight both environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability. Much of my work focuses on habits of the 'throwaway society' and how an addiction to instant gratification and consumerism is linked to global warming, extinction and pollution. This includes researching the human condition, how it relates to the lack of awareness and respect for others is not environmentally sustainable or conducive to building of healthy societies.
An important part of my methodology is to document my local environment through walks including, photographing and collecting materials and found objects. However, my practice is backed up by researching and collating theoretical, scientific and media articles and data relating to both environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability. This documenting and collecting, informs and inspires what medium and platform I choose to visualise a single or multiple part artwork. Recently, I have created and reinterpreted work for both the physical and virtual worlds and therefore, reach a much wider and varied audience.
Ashley is a prolific artist and has exhibited widely in galleries/sculpture parks and won art prizes, including; 2020 Sustainability Art Prize, Paintings in CAMaraderie II and Haddenham Gallery Sculpture Garden. He also has executed many commissions and finds time to do charitable work with his art too. He currently has work in Israel, Ireland, Scotland, France, USA and Uganda.
He will be exhibiting at Technologies of Self, APT Gallery, London in August 2021. Due to Covid, date to be confirmed