Ashley Roark studied Industrial and Interaction Design at Syracuse University. She lives and works in Burlington, Vermont.
Roark creates collage using post-industrial office supplies; papers with pale muted tones, texture, pattern, and typography. She layers the assemblages, making and breaking a grid, until the objects achieve an aesthetic balance. Then, she scans and makes a print of the collage, manipulating the tones and frame of each piece to achieve a desired harmony.
Through this process, Roark liberates the objects from their intended purpose and produces a new object with its own history. The final print is a document of her experience of a place.
Maison Kasini invited Roark to Montreal. She spent much of the week sourcing materials from around the Belgo Building, downtown Montreal, the Village, and Mile End. The results of her work are on view at Galerie Maison Kasini.
Each Print is $100 unframed and in edition of three. If you are interested in a print, you can purchase them through Kasini House Artshop by clicking here.
Paper towel, bag from the Belgo building | Matches and matchbook found on Rue St. Catherine | Book cover, book page, and cardholder from store on Rue Bernard | Plastic bag, folder and Post-It note from Zoubris on Avenue du Parc | Graphite, elastic, graph paper and rulers from a sewing kit from Concordia Art Store | Wood coffee stir-stick and coffee holder from Second Cup | Leaf from Raymond Blain Park | Page of book from used book store | G, tag, 6 Type block from Style labo | Card holder, sticker, arrow, post card, receipt, folder, music sheet paper, paper music books and photo from Monastiraki | Tissue from apartment | Part of letter from Belgo building recycling bin | Metrocard | The number 8 from metal bin at Concordia | Book from bookstore | Bookmark from National Library | Sticker from Monastiraki | Cardboard from rue Bleury | Payroll sheet from a stationary store | Stencil and string from Concordia | Folder from a stationary store | Paper from Monastiraki | Card from Maison Kasini | Untitled paper, box, security envelope, letter fragment from recycling bin at the Belgo | Photo from photo booth at the Place des Arts Metro Station | Canada Trust bank receipt