'SIMONE AT SEA'
‘SIMONE AT SEA’ BY ASHLEY OUBRÉ: AN INTERPRETATION
Published by Intense Art Magazine (IAM), July 2016
Peering through the veil of domesticity, Ashley Oubré creates a framework for transcribing emotional interiors. The triptych Simone at Sea (2016) portrays a young female figure in moments of meditative gesture. The compositions are alluring. Reaching beyond abstraction or brevity, the Simones depict a tender treatment of internal speculation and subjectivity.
Intimacy takes form in Oubré’s layered manipulation of light and shadow throughout the series. As bodies are valued, represented and witnessed contrastingly, one cannot divert from interpreting the darkness of the Simones, and particularly the relativity of darkness and its authorities across the imagination and conscience. Darkness, in relationship to the body and space, is emotive and hyperactive. It matters. The negative space surrounding the figures creates a visceral and spatial impact stimulating a perception of animation and vibrancy in the work. This exchange between lighting, space and darkness also deepens the texturing and movement visible throughout the series.