It hints its presence, it breaks the surface.
In struggle there is an attempt to reveal, to remove, to be set free.
Resisting, catching, pulling, it penetrates as it tears.
Constricted by wild nature, by memory and loss; both of equal force and poetic trauma.
The body as site, a landscape, the eyes of the skin. Pricked and punctured, wounded in process.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018
Through actions, movement, and sound, Ashley-Louise McNaughton explores the [mental, physical and spiritual] body in a tactile and sensorial response to space, time, and natural materials.
By exploring and advocating that which lies in between she seeks to elicit the strength in vulnerability, the hope within hopelessness, and resilience to struggle.
Considering and confronting personal, social, and political truths, conflicts, and traumas; she enforces resistance and urgency through unconventional dialogues, allowing for transformation to occur.
Scars and wounds may heal with time memory resides yet still, we bleed internal.
- BA (HONS) Sculpture, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2013
- Live Art for Children and Families, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018; Flowing Through Selves, Safehouse 1, London, 2018; GRAIN, The Factory, Folkestone, 2018; Venice International Performance Art Week, CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY - Prologue 1, Palazzo Mora, Venice, 2017; Electro Camp, C32 Performing Arts Space, Forte Marghera, Venice, 2017; REVOLVE Festival, Uppsala, 2017; 5 Minutes of Your Time, The Doodle Bar, London, 2017; WIP Show, The Royal College of Art, London, 2017; REQUISITE MOKSHA, Seventeen, Aberdeen, 2016; IPA, C32 Performing Arts Space, Forte Marghera, Venice, 2016; DA DEE AT, Aberdeen, 2016; Gray's School of Art Degree Show, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2013; PerformingNOW!, Generator Projects, Dundee, 2013; CREATE, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, 2013; In No Particular Order, SWG3, Glasgow, 2012; Voices, Haddo House Arts Festival, Aberdeen, 2012; Performance miniFestival, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen, 2012
- Dewar Arts Award, 2017; Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award, 2016