How many times can summer turn to fall in one life?

Ashley Longshore

Your paintings are very fashion-centric, but I love that you approach it in a comedic, sassy way. What is the message you are trying to send?

I am really intrigued by women, especially American women, and how we are portraying and defining ourselves in society. Why does everyone’s mouth drop when they spot a real Birkin? It’s the same as a man in a cool sports car. It’s an obsession with status and the things that define us. So a lot of my work is about these strong, maternal figures that I am identifying through how we express success in our culture, and that is high fashion. I am obsessed with this whole insanity over looking thin, having the right handbag, and I’m a victim of it, too. I have like 10 Céline bags—I have a real problem. My closet collapsed like two weeks ago. My new Tom Ford that I just got really put my closet over the edge.

Are there any other statements that you are trying to make through your work?

I have this painting that says, ‘Sorry, not sorry.’ I am a 37-year-old American woman saying, ‘I live in in this country and I can do whatever I want. I am an artist and I work my ass off and if I want to spend $20,000 on a handbag, then sorry, I’m not fucking sorry. Okay?’ It’s more of a statement on female empowerment: Girl, go do what you want, and get what you want because you can!

Your pieces (like the Veuve Clicquot painting that says #Bottle Fed), are very social media friendly. Do you create with that medium in mind?

Am I creating art specifically to see what happens with my social media audience? No. I create art because I have something I want to say. But it’s a funny thing, because who doesn’t like to get attention on social? How will they respond to this Audrey Hepburn piece over a Kate Moss piece? That is an interesting thing in itself. But it wouldn’t be the right thing for my soul to only do things that people like on social. But I will say this: If I post something with Chanel, Anna Wintour, a Birkin, the crowd goes crazy. Let me drop an F-bomb, and you have never seen so many likes. Most of my followers are women, and they are edgy, out there, and love the idea of expressing themselves. No more of this ‘needing to be a lady all the time’ bullshit.

3 thoughts on “How many times can summer turn to fall in one life?

  1. I watched Roman Holiday recently. Audrey Hepburn had a way of looking so contained and yet so ready to jump out of her skin at the same time. Inner Wild. A great way of describing that look in her eyes. I want to live in that look.

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