Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist living and working out of the Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles. Born in 1979, Sumner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University before moving West to L.A.
Much of Sumner’s work is heavily inspired by industrial areas, inner city life, and political/social movements of the past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves the photographs of icons along with material used from found street flyers. These street flyers are Xeroxed and applied repeatedly to wooden canvases creating multiple stacked and torn layers of distressed, paper imagery. Her natural love of text is often implemented throughout her pieces by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and theatrical plays.