YYC Arts Collective 2020

Ash Adams is a multidisciplinary artist, with a strong visual arts and therapeutic arts background. They have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since their graduation in 2018, Ash has been an artistic ceramics instructor at the Indefinite Arts Centre. Here, Ash has had the opportunity to facilitate a variety of workshops and projects including a public art project in partnership with the City of Calgary. 

Ash received their Level 1 certification in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2013 from the Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy. They has been an apprentice at Trespasser Ceramics since 2014. 

Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Ash currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. Ash’s work is extremely intricate and always rewards a closer look. These details help tie together ideas and evoke deeper thought and contemplation. The tedious nature of their work helps Ash deal with internal anxieties while also helping to ground the artist in their practice. Themes present in Ash’s work are strongly tied to narrative, nature, and traditional Mi’kmaq stories and teachings. They often uses artwork as a way to work through past trauma, and to express their own experiences as an artist with psychiatric disabilities.