60's Centerfold series

Growing up with a delusional mother, artist Ashley Norman holds the understanding that “everyone creates and lives in their own reality.”

Photograph by Dan Esposito

Often pulling from this relationship and other life experiences, her work stretches across various media and deals with: mental illness, memory, taboo, normality, sexuality, and gender roles. Norman makes observations in what is already there, finding the bizarre and absurd in the familiar.  She has been largely influenced by modern design, Dadaism, Pop Art, Surrealism, Confessional art, and the Feminist art movement.

With the belief that art enriches the lives of all human beings, Norman constantly seeks opportunities to foster new and unexpected views of the world. Engaging the viewer in play, the work hides and reveals; illuminating shame, guilt, and the socially forbidden.

Norman’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows in New England and beyond including: STUDIO 659, Whiting, IN; Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY; 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH; and Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME.

Norman is pursuing her MFA through Massachusetts College of Art + Design and splits her time between York, ME and Boston, MA.  Presently both her and her work can be found at the artist studios and gallery at Chases Garage, York Beach, ME.


Check out Ashley's work here at Chases


Come Hither, 2014
found images, pen, and marker

Two Hand Touch, 2014 found images and pen 14”x17”

Two Hand Touch, 2014
found images and pen

Grip, 2014 found image and pen 9”x12”

Grip, 2014
found image and pen