The Temple Sisters, Holly and Ashlee, work in mixed media to generate large and small works on canvas and paper. Their current work reflects a fascination with the effects of time and memory upon American iconography. Each work they create is meant to engage the viewer in questions about the temporal nature of the image, as well as personal memories and the hidden stories that are re-imagined through age and displacement.
Collaboration, both in applied method as well as conceptually, is at the core of their work. They each find the implicit trust required by working in tandem to be one of the most interesting and integral parts of their art. A shared history and shared aesthetic emerges as a partnership in paint and paper. It is their deep belief that collaboration – artist-to-artist, art-to-observer – is at the heart of the creative process.
Holly studied art and art history at the San Francisco Academy Art, San Francisco State University and at C.S.U. in Florence, Italy. She worked in New York for many years as an Art Director at Avon, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, David Yurman, among others and currently runs her own freelance graphic design company in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Ashlee studied theatre at N.Y.U. and received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She continues to work in theatre as a director and as an associate professor at Delta College in Stockton, California.
Both of their backgrounds provide for unique perspectives on visual storytelling, which is a conscious, ever present element of their work. When apart, they work independently on the same project, developing separate but parallel designs that are consolidated only when they reunite in their studio.
The Sisters have spent a lifetime studying art under their father, California artist Brook Temple.