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Margaret Ashman

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Degree: MA Printmaking
University: University of Brighton
Graduation Year: 2005

New Blood Art Statement

Artist shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition 2017 & 2018 and selected for ING Discerning Eye 2018.
With an impressive resumé and critical acclaim, Margaret Ashman presents sophisticated photo etchings. Investigating the human figure and movement by using dancers as her subject she captures softness and energy in her photographs using a multi-layered approach and incorporating oriental imagery. Asian influences are evident in the simplicity and minimalism of these harmonious compositions. Soulful, sensitive and powerful work.

 

Artist Statement

My imagery is carefully constructed from my own photography and borrowed elements from sources such as fabrics, garments, wallpaper, or books with an oriental influence. My favourite muse is the Japanese dancer, Chisato Minamimura, who performed improvised dance and a number of sequences of sign language for the Deaf (Chisato is deaf) for my camera. I strive for a spiritual elegance and simplicity in my finished works, in contrast to the lengthy, complicated process of making. A poem or phrase or idea is given to the dancer as a starting point, from which the work evolves. Further layers add new constructs until the etching process translates the final image into a coherent whole, with rich textures and delicate colour combinations. The addition of birds, flowers and other elements allows the viewer a window into the subconscious inner world, a different reality to the visible.

My interest in the orient stems from a family collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics and embroideries which I was familiar with as a child. I was recently invited to the Guanlan Print Base in southern China as an International Artist in Residence. My work is in a number of collections in China including the Guandong Museum of Art and Shenzhen University.

Original works:

Interlude II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Interlude I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

A Time to Dance III

By Margaret Ashman

£230

In the Beginning III

By Margaret Ashman

£190

In the Beginning IV

By Margaret Ashman

£190

Pavane 1

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Pavane 2

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Pavane 3

By Margaret Ashman

£290

Etude I

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Etude II

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Naku

By Margaret Ashman

£390

£390

Ogamu

By Margaret Ashman

£390

Summer Breeze

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Keep Dancing

By Margaret Ashman

£230

Sold Artworks:

Mautoki

By Margaret Ashman

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Sweet Song

By Margaret Ashman

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Distant Song

By Margaret Ashman

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Flight of Fancy

By Margaret Ashman

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Interlude III

By Margaret Ashman

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Lifted I

By Margaret Ashman

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Lifted III

By Margaret Ashman

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In the Beginning II

By Margaret Ashman

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In the Beginning I

By Margaret Ashman

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