Ashley Renee Hoffman is a photographer and collage artist living amongst mountains of magazines not unlike the Appalachian mountains around her. In 2011, she received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Shepherd University with a concentration in photography and computer imagery.
Through the camera lens, Ashley seeks to document human isolation as a means to understand the human condition, spirituality and our relationship with Mother Nature. Most of the photographs are made in the Appalachian region where there is vast beauty, but much conflict on an ethical and environmental level.
Inspired by the people and landscapes encountered through her photographs, Ashley examines feminine ideals and pressures within social constructs and the detriment of the original woman, Mother Earth. Within her collages she takes the nude form out of it’s pornographic context to reclaim the capitalization and exploitation of female sexuality. When this powerful imagery is juxtaposed with symbols of the natural and domestic world, Ashley creates a dialogue for important feminist and environmental issues.