Ashley Czajkowski is an image-based artist and educator working in a number of interdisciplinary methods. Driven by personal experience, her research explores social constructions related to femininity, mortality and the psychological manifestation of and the human-animal. Though situated in photography, Czajkowski's practice also incorporates video, installation, and alternative print processes, pushing the expected boundaries of the photographic art medium.
Czajkowski achieved her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in 2009 from Emporia State University in Kansas, and earned her Master’s of Fine Art in photography in 2015 from Arizona State University. Czajkowski’s work has been exhibited and published widely, most recently included in becoming-Feral, a book of poetry, essay, and art investigating human/other-animal relationships. Currently in Mesa, Arizona Czajkowski is invested in her local art community and has served as the sound technician and story editor for the Creative Push Project, the Curator of Special
Projects for Tilt Gallery, the President of eye lounge artist collective, and was the recipient of the inaugural TAFF Award from Phoenix Artlink in 2017. As an educator, she assists with Mortem, a research residency for Ayatana’s Biophilia Wild School for Artists based out of Canada. Czajkowski also teaches as a full time Lecturer for the Digital Photography online program at ASU where she developed a course on Death and Photography in tandem with a biannual exhibition she curates titled Memento Mori.
Image credit: Ella Inderieden