Ashton S. Phillips is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA, working primarily with the earth, water, pollution, and taboo as materials. His practice is animated by an interest in the wisdom hidden within the material environment, including our physical bodies, and by the promise of queer ecological praxis, including interspecies collaboration, embodied “play,” and speculative (un)making, for building resiliency and 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 San Pedro, CA; and Helios Rising, a 170′ mural responding to the path of the sun in Albuquerque, NM. Ashton’s work has been featured in the Santa Fe Reporter, Albuquerque – The Magazine, The Gallup Independent, Art and Cake, and VoyageLA magazine.
Ashton studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, anthropology and queer theory at the University of Maryland, and interdisciplinary sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he is an MFA candidate in the Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art program.