Ashley Hagen



Sinister Within the Sweet is comprised of a tower of pallets imbedded with previous works of art. The works have been reused or altered but still bear affinities to their earlier forms. The illusion of “real” or human-scale space and the meaning of “home” sustain my aesthetic and conceptual inquiry. My work examines the underlying resonance of childhood: limitlessness, inventiveness, mystery, imagination, adventure and possibility. A variety of approaches have enabled me to explore the act of playing that has become an important process in uncovering the metaphors of home and self, when fantasy meets reality: painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, to name a few. Within each layer of the stacked pallets, I reconstruct traces of previous work in order to create mysterious worlds hidden within the darkness.

-Ashley Hagen

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