Elise Ashby is a visual artist working in contemporary drawing and printmaking. Her work is interested in the construction of ‘environment’ in both urban and natural spaces, and ideas of ecology, anthropocentrism, evolution & habitation.
Her work is strongly inspired by philosophy, having originally studied this, and in particular the school of Phenomenology. Phenomenologists acknowledge the sensory body as the starting point of consciousness and thought, and the basis of how we meet and process our environment. This speaks to the practise of drawing, which unites body, mind and environment, and encourages deeper looking and engagement. Rather than taking a static distanced approach, she aims to draw as a body, with a roaming eye, peripheral vision, and a full set of senses.
2010 - 13 UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM BA PHILOSOPHY
2013 - 14 UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL MA ART AESTHETICS & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
2016 - 17 LEITH SCHOOL OF ART DRAWING COURSE
2016 - 17 LEITH SCHOOL OF ART FIGURATIVE PRIZE
2017 - 18 LEITH SCHOOL OF ART PRINTMAKING COURSE
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
2016 - SHORTLISTED FOR DERWENT DRAWING PRIZE
2016 - LONGLISTED FOR CUMBRIAN YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
2017 - LEITH SCHOOL OF ART FIGURATIVE PRIZE
2016 - LEITH SCHOOL OF ART CHRISTMAS SHOW
2017 - LEITH SCHOOL OF ART SUMMER SHOW
2017 - 'ALONG THESE LINES'' GROUP EXHIBITION AT COBURG HOUSE
2017 - LEITH SCHOOL OF ART CHRISTMAS SHOW