Of a Domestic Ritual

January 20th – February 12th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20th, 6 – 10 pm

From eye lounge member Ashley Czajkowski

Of a Domestic Ritual consists of installation works combining photographic imagery, sculptural objects, and video projections. The question of the “domestic” in these pieces speaks to the home and traditional expectations of women, but also to the relationship between notions of domesticity and animality. Posing just how the idea of “taming wild things” pertains to the realm of the feminine.

The works in the exhibition are meant to evoke ideas related to the domestic spaces that exist in the lives of both women and animals.

Ashley Czajkowski is a photography-based artist working in a number of interdisciplinary methods including alternative process, sculpture, video and installation. Driven by personal history, her research explores social constructions related to childhood, femininity, and the psychological manifestation of and the human-animal.

Czajkowski achieved her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in 2009 from Emporia State University in Kansas, and earned her Master’s of Fine Art in photography in 2015 from Arizona State University. Czajkowski’s work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Most recently, her work was shown at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, and CICA Museum in South Korea. She currently resides in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches photography courses, works as the sound technician and story editor for the Creative Push Project, and is the current president of eye lounge gallery & artist collective.