Based in Missoula, MT
Represented by the Radius Gallery, in Missoula, MT.
Ashley Meyora was born in in Berkeley, Ca. At the age of 12, she replaced California city life, with quaint little mountain town living Red Lodge, Montana. The transition of leaving behind family and venturing to a new residence, that being predominantly white, resulted in culture shock and initiated a life long journey of discovering and rediscovering the self.
Meyora learned this process of self-discovery from observing the wild women that raised her. Her mother was young and still growing herself at 17 and this resulted in a different kind of family dynamic—one where her grandmother felt like her mother, her mother felt like her sister, and her sister like her child. Meyora watched, learned and evolved as these women worked their creativity, made mistakes, failed, yet sedulously got back up again. She learned from witnessing their open hearts and minds, and took this boundless expansiveness and translated it into her art. It is the art in which she makes her coffee in the morning, or the art of wrapping a special gift, it is her art that lives and breathes as an extension of all of these experiences that is life.
From romping the trails of East Bay Regional Park District in Ca with her grandmother, to solo explorations through the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, nature has been her guide, partner, and an inspiration in creation. Meyora moved to Missoula and put herself through college; she became the first female in her family to graduate from a University in 2017. She graduated from The University of Montana with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting, as well as a secondary teaching licensure. Throughout her academic journey she shared her paintings with the community and built an organic following through submitting to art calls and juried shows.
Meyora began as an acrylic and mixed media artist, but soon transitioned after discovering the beauty and depth of encaustic painting. The layers, embedding, and capabilities of encaustic reminded her of the complexities of being human. With this medium she could better translate this dance of discovery. Meyora is constantly inspired by the natural world around her, as well as the societal structures which we live by and the people we share this experience with. She translates her personal experiences, her
“life dance” through layers, textures, colors, and line. Meyora’s non-objective and abstract works are reflections of personal and collective experiences without words... only feeling, and memory.
The cyclical nature of life and personal patterns of reflection direct my creative process. I use a variety of materials to respond and translate these experiences into non-objective and abstract paintings. Working and reworking the surface, adding and subtracting layers, stepping into and away from a developing artwork becomes a physical and mental dance. This process is a form of communication; a conversation between artist, paint, and surface.