1) "Zone Out" (The Rock), 22in x 30in, charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, ink on bristol paper
2) "Zone Out" (The Eye), 22in x 30in, colored pencil, ink, marker on bristol paper
3) "Zone Out" (Ode to Ken Price, Cliffhanger), 22in x 30in, colored pencil, marker, ink, watercolor on bristol paper
Ashley May is a visual artist raised in Alabama, living in Los Angeles. She began drawing intricate line formations in notebooks while attending graduate school at Art Center College of Design, as a way to stay focused during lectures, but also as a means of coping with the discomfort of the present moment. While drawing these line formations she was able to listen and "be there" while not being there, the drawings becoming a kind of visual marker for absense. The drawings stayed in those notebooks for the duration of her graduate education while she focused attention to sculpture. Last year she began to draw once more as a way to yet again confront the present moment and learn how to be alone while completing a focused task. An exercise in being comfortable with oneself as much as an endeavor in figuring out how to complicate space with color and form. The "Zone Out" series evolved into a cognitive map of sorts incorporating elements of humor as well as slightly psychedelic imagery.