Written by Ramisha Sattar
I recently discovered a really unique Los Angeles-based artist on instagram named Ashley Lukashevsky! What really stuck out to me was the powerful messages in each of her pieces. I reached out to Ashley to find out a bit more about herself and the artwork she creates.
Born and raised in Honolulu, the 24 year old with Korean and Russian descent has always had a passion for protesting and demonstrating, and addressing the issue of systemic racial inequality. “America's past, one built on slavery and stolen lands, has not been acknowledged and processed by a large swath of white Americans. This is one of the reasons that so many white people are complacent and complicit while we protest and fight for change. Calling out the past is necessary to moving forward. This needs to be recognized by the white feminist movement so that we can work for everyone’s liberation, not just a small group of us,”. If you’re looking for a good outlet to voice your opinions, Ashley recommends creating art, calling your senators and representative
“I made this piece the day after the events in Charlottesville. White supremacy is certainly not new in America, but it has gained a new visibility. I wanted to address the issue that American media outlets and many Americans have with hesitating to call white terrorists what they are, by instead labeling them as ‘alt-right’. I was feeling really disheartened all day, and had to create something to express my feelings so that I could rally forward. I hope that with my art work, I can remind people who are feeling disheartened, as I do too, that they are not alone! Sometimes it seems like the opposition is bigger or stronger, but that is because hate can seem to speak louder than love. I want to show people that there are so many of us who act with love for our fellow humans- regardless of race, class, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion,”.