Ashton S. Phillips is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA, working directly with the earth, water, pollution, taboo, and repair as primary materials. He is interested in the wisdom hidden within the material environment, including our physical bodies, and in the promise of queer ecological praxis, including interspecies collaboration, embodied “play,” and speculative (un)making, as pathways for making meaning, building resiliency, and generating new forms of knowing/feeling/being in the late Capitalocene.
His public art installations include Reflections, a 2020-21 participatory sound and land art installation at Glendale Central Park in Glendale, CA; Embracing Mud, an interactive public performance focusing on the materiality and sensuality of contaminated dirt; and Helios Rising, a 170 foot improvisational mural responding to the energy and path of the sun in Albuquerque, NM. Ashton’s performative sculptures have also been featured in museum and gallery exhibitions across the United States, including Rewilding Structures at the Torrance Art Museum, Art + Activism at SoLA Contemporary, and Geographics at the Los Angeles Art Association’s Gallery 825.
Ashton is a candidate in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Studio Art program, where he is also teaching undergraduate students in the interdisciplinary sculpture, fibers, and ceramics programs. Recent talks and panel discussion appearances include the Torrance Art Museum, Art123 Gallery in Gallup, NM, and SoLA Contemporary in Los Angeles, CA.