Artist Edition: Ambre Kelly, Grandmother’s Ashtray (2016)

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Artist Edition: Ambre Kelly, Grandmother’s Ashtray (2016)

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Ambre Kelly
Grandmother’s Ashtray, 2016
Ceramic, enamel
Dimensions variable (average 5 x 5 inches)
Signed and numbered on verso
$100

Grandmother's Ashtray is based on the artist's childhood memory of the ashtray in her Mama Sam's house. The object seemed more decorative than functional, but it served a purpose of being there just-in-case. It is a symbol of bygone years, a shared activity of friends, and what was once the norm, now seen as the naughty vice. The ashtray is becoming more and more obsolete and the artist wishes to archive the ashtray as a relic of another time. 

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Ambre Kelly (b. 1978, South Carolina) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn. Obtaining an MFA from American University in 2006, Kelly has shown work both as herself and as the co-operative domestic art collective BOYFRIENDGIRLFRIEND at Anna Kustera Gallery, Artists Space, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Collective Show, ABCyz (New York), Hypegallery (Milan, Italy), Halsey Gallery (Charleston, SC) and Spring Arts Collective Gallery (Los Angeles).

She is co-founder of SPRING/BREAK Art Show, a contributor to the Underground Library and the owner of The They Co, a creative consultancy. Kelly has curated and organized large-scale art exhibitions, including WISH MEME, in participation with the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY biennial.