Artist Statement

Have you ever felt overlooked? Silenced? Trapped? My photography explores these struggles and offers me a way to be seen and heard. I approach each photograph as a potential movie set or cinematic stage and I enjoy curating the design of the set, as well as the vintage wardrobe and props, much of which seems to trap the women in a bygone era. What my "Mad Women" series and my "Lampshade Project" have in common are that the women in each scene is in some how overlooked or limited to a very narrow gender role like perhaps a quiet housewife or a sexy object. Even in 2019, after decades of believing women can "have it all" there are still so many societal and relational trappings that aim to keep a woman in her "place" whether that be something seemingly inconsequential like dismissing her ideas in a business meeting or something more overt like overlooking her for a company position because the current industry or office dynamic is still a man's world. My photography is a way for me to join the voices of resistance and to visually say, "nevertheless, she persisted."


Solo Exhibitions

2020     Forthcoming “Object of His Desire” CECUT Cultural Center of Tijuana, Mexico

2019 “Art About Town” San Luis Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2017    “Fully Furnished”  Gallery 2G, San Luis Obispo, CA

2017     “Well Lit”  A Satellite of Love, San Luis Obispo, CA


Group Exhibitons

2019 Forthcoming PhotoNOLA: Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2019 “The Phantom Project 19” San Luis Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2019 “The Fine Art of Photography: 9th Annual Awards & Exhibition” Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts

2019 “All About the Light” San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2019 “Stories” International Juried Photography Exhibit, Juror’s Choice Award, Budapest, Hungary

2019 “Photography Series and Repetition” SITE: Brooklyn Gallery, National Juried Photography Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2019 “Unfettered” Southern California Women’s Caucus, Los Angeles, CA

2019     “Women Photographers Today” 12th Annual Julia Morgan Cameron Awardees, Space Nau Bostik, Barcelona, Spain

2019     “Photowork 19” Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, New York

2019     “Common Ground” Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA

2018      "It's Time" Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2018     "Mnemonic" H Gallery & Studio, Ventura, CA

2018    “The Phantom Project 18” San Luis Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2017     “Women’s Work” San Luis Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2017     “Golden State Group Show” San Luis Obispo, CA

2017     “Exquisite Corpse” San Luis Obispo, CA

2017     “The Phantom Project 17” San Luis Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA


Jenny Ashley (b. 1975)  is a fine art photographer who lives in on the Central Coast of California. Ashley has a Masters and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Studio Art from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California USA where she currently teaches composition & rhetoric courses focused on social justice and voices of resistance. You can follow her on Instagram: @jenny_bsides or e-mail her at jlisaashley@gmail.com