Ashlie Johnson Coggins is a fine art photographer and artist based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her work focuses on the ephemeral beauty and sublime strangeness of the natural world. Unable to fully accept the fleeting, and wanting to get ever-closer to the tiny mysteries held within nature, she uses a macro photography technique that brings the details and vivid colors of plants to larger-than-life, abstract artworks. The results are dimensional, painterly images that draw upon the abstract expressionist traditions of spontaneity, improvisation, and contemplative color.
Through her art practice, Ashlie researches native and non-native plant species, connects more deeply to nature through close observation, learns about local ecosystems, and explores themes of connection, cyclicality, rhythm, and movement.