A Conversation with The Aesthete Hunter

The Aesthete Hunter is lovely blog about contemporary culture, authored by Irene Martínez Marín Spanish Ph.D candidate in Aesthetics interested in nostalgia as an aesthetic emotion. Recently we had a chat about my work, specifically as it relates to memory and nostalgia. She rolls in with the big questions, opening the conversation with: 

"What can we learn about ourselves through art?"

For answers and our insights, follow this link: https://aesthetehunter.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/amy-ash-interview/

News for the New Year

Happy New Year, World! 

I have a new exhibition opening next week, Saturday 7th January, from 6-8pm at Below 65 Gallery in Maidstone. Please come along and bring your pals!

Without Words, What are Facts? (exhibition view)

Exhibition View:

Without Words, What are Facts?

This exhibition combines pieces from several recent bodies of work.  Each project uses found imagery and histories from multiple sources, connecting the fragments to string together new associations.

My practice pays close attention to the way layers of memory settle to form new narratives, impacting our perceptions of reality. I aim to disrupt existing structures and hierarchies, tracing their relation to the construction and perpetuation of personal and cultural narratives and lore. Stripped mostly of their context, these fragments of history and technology continue to echo their stories alongside those we assign to them to affect our own sense of truth. Tapping into (and confusing) the collective memory, I alter my findings through careful actions of material intervention, gently persuading connections to be made.

The exhibition’s title, Without words, what are facts? makes reference to Susan Howe’s poetic docu-essay Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker.

In an age of digital saturation, I choose to work primarily with found images and analogue photography materials.  The works included in this exhibition (with the exception of With Every Remembering) are all unique images made without digital intervention. A combination of silver gelatin enlargements and cyanotypes, each photographic image was produced in the darkroom, from found negatives, and materially altered by hand. Much of this work was created on residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts, with the support of The Peter MacKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists.



Saturday 17th September: ART MARKET MAIDSTONE.

How about a day in the countryside? Every year Making Art Work put on a great contemporary artists' market. Tomorrow, I will be exhibiting with many works for sale in an attempt 'fundraise' for a new laptop. I will have some older works, experiments and also one of a kind cyanotypes and drawings. Sneak peek below!

Please come along and say 'hello'! I'll be at stall no.21, right next to the incredible, Hattie McGill. Hope to see you lovely people!

YOUTH UNCOVERED: please celebrate with us!

YOUTH UNCOVERED is youth curatorial initiative which interrogates social and educational hierarchies by supporting a group of young people from three South London secondary schools to curate a professional exhibition of contemporary art.

I began working on plans for a youth curatorial programme nearly a year ago and, in fact, had been running ideas through my mind long before that. When I drafted the proposal for Gerald Moore Gallery, after having spoken to Director, Elinor Brass, about the possibility of such a programme, I was both excited and unsure.  I received the ‘go ahead’ to begin the project in June of 2015 and sought out schools who were willing to take the leap with me.

Since then, I’ve been working closely with an amazing group of young people and teachers from three diverse South London Schools—Thomas Tallis School, East Dulwich Harris Academy and Eltham College.  We worked together to release an international call and the group selected artists from an outstanding number of submissions from around the world.  They have been fiercely surpassing every obstacle to create an exhibition which speaks to their experience as young people, today.  Just a couple months ago we found out that our exhibition had been granted the support of Arts Council England. We are thrilled to have their seal of approval and to be able to pay the artists appropriate wages.

The exhibition, which opens in two days’ time, considers what it means to be a young person today and is shaping up to be even more impressive than I could have hoped. Likewise, I think the team are proud of their achievements—they certainly should be!

“The project has been really interesting for me, not only as a young person but also as a prospective art student. I am sure that ’youth culture’, as a theme is reflected in many art exhibitions but I feel privileged as a young person to be at the forefront of creating and curation. It really is #youthuncovered.”  Sian Newlove-Drew

If you’re in London, please join us for the opening event 23 April 2-5pm. There will be a Q&A with artists and young curators at 4pm. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome! And it is a FREE event.





Artists in the Woods.

From 1st November to the 15th December, 2015, I lived in what could be described as a wintery camp for artists who have 'fibbing' tendencies.

Banff Centre for the Arts 2015 fall thematic residency, TRUTH LIES AND LORE.


I remember driving at dusk (in the airport shuttle) from Calgary--flat and homogeneous, with grid upon grid of cubic dwellings, directly into the Rocky Mountain range. With almost no warning or graduation the mountains appeared, looking majestic and refreshingly disheveled in comparison with suburbia's well-practised order. It was dark by the time I reached Banff and, truth be told, I fell asleep en route, missing the final portion of the journey.


Below are some fieldnotesfrom my time in the mountains.

Also featured in some images are artists:

Emma Finn, Meghan Price, Gabby Dao, Marijolijn Kok, Carolina Fusilier, Emma Rochester, Anna Khimasia, Jennifer Crane, Ilyn Wong, Emily Promise Allison, Heilum Ng, Angharad Davies.

PHOTOS: Amy Ash & Emma Finn.