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.
Ashton’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and artist-run spaces around the United States, including the Torrance Art Museum, SoLA Contemporary,
Gallery 825, and Shockboxx Gallery in California and Keep Contemporary, form & concept, Ghostwolf Gallery, Santa Maria de Vid Abbey, the Museum of Encaustic Art, and Art123 Gallery in New Mexico. Ashton’s public art commissions and participatory performances include Reflections, a 2020-21 participatory sound art installation in Glendale Central Park; breaking ground, a public performance and temporary land art installation in Sunken City, CA; and Helios Rising, a 170 x 7′ mural responding to the path of the sun in Albuquerque, NM.
Ashton studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, anthropology and queer theory at the University of Maryland, and is a current candidate in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Studio Art program, where he also teaches undergraduate students in the interdisciplinary sculpture, fibers, and ceramics programs.