Vintage images of smiling women are blended with layers of mixed media in In the series MISS, MRS, MS. Holly Temple notes, “At first, the work appears effervescent, but on closer inspection we see how they have been ripped apart and reassembled.” The work reminds the viewer that women must routinely repair the damage of discrimination – patching psychic, spiritual and physical wounds – thereby raising questions of female significance over time. Ashlee Temple adds, “Women adapt to a continually shifting American culture that is sometimes progressive but currently retrograde.” As the viewer uncovers layers of narrative, the work ultimately invokes women’s survival and vitality in spite of perennial threats.
Collaboration, both in applied method as well as conceptually, is at the core of The Temple Sister’s 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 aesthetic emerges as a partnership on canvas 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 of 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, CA. Ashlee studied theatre at NYU and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She continues to work in theatre as a director and teacher in Stockton, CA. 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. Holly and Ashlee have spent a lifetime studying art under their father, California artist Brook Temple.