Ashley Christudason is a digital artist out of Singapore who is dedicated to creating pieces that promote the inherent (but unfortunately obscured) oneness within all of mankind.
Using Photoshop, Ashley is able to concoct magnificent imagery that attempts to recreate the granular, tachyon-like “nanosecond visions” that he uses to aid him along on his artistic journey. These visions, coupled with a reverence of the religious entities and concepts found within his work, makes for pieces that act as opportunities to peak into highly spiritual and metaphysical realms. Well traveled and extremely talented, Ashley has been able to develop a healthy following with his amazing depictions of the 4D spirit space.
Here, I was given a chance to pick the artist’s brain and found out more about his style and the religious overtones found within his creations.
Prox: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up, how long have you been producing art, and how did you settle into your current medium of choice?
Ashley: I was born in Singapore. My family moved to the United Kingdom when I was 4 (for 4 years) as my mother pursued her higher studies there. When it came time for me to pursue my higher studies, I chose to do both my bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Perth, Western Australia. I was there for 5 years. It was there that I learnt how to use Photoshop while studying my photography module. It was then and there that my fascination with digitally collaging images began. It has been my main medium of choice ever since.
Prox: You’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling. What were some of the most inspirational locations you’ve been to? How have they impacted your outlook and message within your art?
Ashley: Spending time in the Australian outback was very inspirational to me. Experiences shared with friends involving psychedelics blew my consciousness into realms of vision that I’d never before visited. This fueled the creative spirit and has kept the ‘fire’ burning within me for all this time. ‘Nanoseconds, seeing the unquantifiable’ as I like to put it, have kept me pursuing this artform.
Prox: There are very grainy and particular energies in some of your pieces. Are you trying to symbolize something with this effect or was it purely an aesthetic choice?
Ashley: I’ve always been interested in finding new ways to visually express, those nanosecond visions. They are sometimes in HD, sometimes grainy / ethereal when I see them. Hence, when re-represented through the digital medium, I often look for layers that will showcase them closest to how I see them during the vision itself.
There is an aesthetic element to these choices that are made, but it is more so guided by what has been already ‘seen’.
Prox: Much of your work seems to showcase your reverence for religious deities and figures. How has your relationship with these religions and cultures shaped your art?
Ashley: My parents and grandparents raised me as a Christian. While my grandparents on both sides were very pious, my parents were more liberal in their outlook on ‘what is true’. I guess they had a more unified approach to it. A fond memory I have of my parents brings me back to when I was in my early teens. I remember both of them questioning a very adamant Catholic lady about how anybody who wasn’t of their faith were going to experience hellfire for eternity. It left a big impression on me and allowed me to see the man-made elements that divided us through doctrine.
I’d met many through the course of my life that seemed to ‘KNOW’ that their way was the ONLY way to experience the divine, to know God. I disagreed and saw inclusion and unification as a means of reaching / seeing the Ultimate. It made more sense that a web of interconnectedness would reap the bigger picture, rather than notions of separateness. In my later adult-hood, I likened this search for oneness to looking for the ‘foundational’ layer upon which all is layered on to – like the first image or blank canvas one used to build their collage. The foundational layer - which sometimes cannot be seen or perceived because of the multitude of layers that are now blocking/obscuring it, is that which is holding the big picture together. It’s invisibility does not mean that it ceases to exist.
Prox: Ultimately, what are you trying to give back to the world with your art? What are you hoping to instill in the viewer by depicting these mystical and metaphysical energies?
Ashley: What I’m trying to give back is a message of oneness. More than that, it’s trying to show people that I can look upon all religious deities and befriend all of them. No one is more important than the other – all are trying to help us find our way with their own interpretation of the Unquantifiable. There has been so much discord in the world due to religious extremism. It would be joyous to see harmony between all such groups. It would bring the world to a more ecstatic collective consciousness if we all took a keen interest in each other’s ways as opposed to shutting it off.
Prox: Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists?
Ashley: To name a few: Philip Rubinov Jacobson, Ernst Fuchs, Wolfgang Widmoser, John Martin, Fabian Perez, MATI KLARWEIN to name a few.
Prox: Favorite hobbies?
Ashley: My hobbies include basketball, running, reading, poetry, playing the guitar and piano.
Prox: Tips for aspiring artists?
Ashley: Constantly try to perceive the infinite, the immeasurable, the unquantifiable.
You can learn more about Ashley, purchase his work, and follow him, here.
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