Ashlie Megrichian. I'm a mom, artist, lover of the human form and have a wanderlust soul .
I find it only fair to share with you my story, since hearing yours is the biggest part of creating your art.
The first time I took a casting off of myself I saw ME. Myself the rawest, purest form. Not made up, not clothed, not perfect.... stripped. Just the outline of me, every imperfection coming through. And in that moment, I fell in love.
I fell in love with the woman I had lost. The woman that I tucked away to fit the mold of what was expected. In that moment I took myself back.
As I built layer by layer over the next month I learned to cherish a body that carried my son for 9 months, give thanks and love to the breasts that nurtured him and no longer looked perky. To give thanks that I am healthy and capable of molding my life to what I want, just as I mold and transform the material beneath my hands.
When I finished that piece and hung it on the wall facing my bed, I sat there and just quietly thought to myself, "Ashlie, you are beautiful and strong and unstoppable." There are days that I feel none of that, until I open my eyes and see that sculpture facing my bed and I remember to live my life, BARE.