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Ashton, Edwina (2003) Video Works. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Ashton, Edwina

Five films: 'Fly', 'Beautiful Pot', 'Beetle', 'Caterpillar' and 'Boxer' (2001-2003) were compiled for cinematic screening with seven others: 'Billy Bear', 'Barbary Goats', 'Cynthia', 'Earthquake', 'Hello', 'Sheep' (1996-2001).

The latter films were re-edited, remastered and digitally restored from VHS tapes. All were made for display on individual monitors, and explore the use of a fixed frame, highlighting the curious ‘performative’ nature of everyday speech and encounters.

The protagonists are obviously fantastical – puppets or humans dressed as animals. However, they are made, to draw the viewer into their world. In this pared-down situation, outside a human, social or historical context, they can explore language, philosophy and behaviour on a fantastical but nonetheless simple level.

Made as individual vignettes or portraits, they look at how we use and are framed by language, objects and other people. In these films I aimed to portray the melancholy and humour in human interaction: how expectation exceeds actuality; how things don’t quite work and how people compensate for this.

‘Edwina Ashton Video works’ were film projections on cinematic screen. In this 45 minute compilation different speeds, activities, types of sound and emotional states were ordered and rearranged to build up a complex pattern of character and situation. These films explicitly looked to, explored and experimented with models of anthropomorphism used by Beatrix Potter, Fischli and Weiss and William Wegman.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Edwina Ashton

Subject Area: Fine Art, Painting
Research Group: Subjectivity and Feminisms (ICFAR)

Current Research

To consider and develop some questions in relation to 'character'; to look at the specific qualities of faces and how these effect and relate to sentimentality, subjectivity and character. To develop scenarios and scripts exploring overstatement, action and inaction and the difficulties of communication. To research the design and hand manufacture of wallpaper; to experiment with and develop series of drawings and films exploring fantastical characters which pursue a sombre, and restrained scepticism alongside, hysterical excitement and aesthetic self reflection. These drawings and films would adopt a skittish disregard towards solutions found and so reflect on the conformities of performing, events and evading seriousness.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 17 December 2003
Related Websites: http://www.mocanomi.org/, http://millergallery.cfa.cmu.edu/exhibitions/animalnature/index.php
Related Exhibitions: 'Animal Nature' CMU, Pittsburgh
Event Location: The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Museum of Contemporary Art, MiamiUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Material/Media: Film
Measurements or Duration of item: 45 minutes
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2010 14:01
Item ID: 797
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/797

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