Points of Departure is a feature by Ashley Blanton, in which she creates a visual art piece while listening to a single album, over and over.  In between syllables and sound, something resonates and becomes caught. Much like a moth captured on a strip of flypaper, a phonograph needle stuck on a solitary chord, or a heart held hostage in a throat, the words flutter and pulse and repeat. Somewhere in this space, where memory, imagination, and unfounded fears entangle and enmesh, an image forms from the ghost of what was heard. The audible is internalized, becoming a point of departure to examine something that may or may not be beyond words.

Album of Departure: Changing Light by Mirah


Ashley Blanton / Glimmer / November 2014 / mixed media on paper / 5.5 x 7.5 inches

Impressions: Lonesome waters rise, refracting a gold dust glimmer of tarnished longing and shards of hope. Abandoned spaces store seeds of knowing and a fierceness that remains after being cast off.

The piece is available for purchase on Etsy.