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ARTIST STATEMENT

Ashe fuses performance and the readymade with photography, sculpture, text, and video, creating poetic and evocative (sometimes provocative) installations that explore the politics of identity, belonging, and marginalization. Their transdisciplinary approach to art making draws from their own personal history and experience questioning our social systems and what it means to look for a safe place to be(long) within contemporary society.

 

Parallel to their art practice, Ashe has been active in the contemporary art scene in both regional and metropolitan contexts, working in the curatorial, exhibitions and programs teams at a number of galleries and museums. They have also developed and lead several independent creative projects including The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong; Building Art on Walls, Tallangatta; and Carport Sessions, Canberra. For 10 years, Ashe worked as an artist supporting the psychosocial and creative development of individuals with severe and enduring mental illness through Neami National Splash Art Studio in Naarm.

Much of Ashe’s work features barriers that demand to be challenged or confronted.

Ashe was born in Naarm/Melbourne in 1974. They graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) in 1995, and a Masters of Contemporary Art (with distinction) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Ashe has held solo exhibitions at VOID_Melbourne, MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury), Kings ARI, Blindside Gallery and BUS Projects. They have also participated in numerous group exhibitions across Australia, and internationally, at Parliament House Australia, Canberra; Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh), Melbourne; Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin; tête, Berlin; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington; HOTA, Gold Coast; The Substation, Newport; Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown; and Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs. Ashe has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and Regional Arts Victoria for the development of their practice. They were the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artist Grant in 2014 and the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award in 2013. Their work has been selected as finalist in awards including, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Incinerator Art Award-Art for Social Change, Bowness Photography Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Ashe was artist-in-residence at Picture Berlin (2014) in Berlin (DE) and for the Laughing Waters Artist Residency Program (2013) in Eltham (AU).

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