Kinship Across Distance
2 April to 30 June
As a Canadian-born West Cork-based visual artist, Jamie is motivated to generate kinship across distance through socially and environmentally engaged art making.
Over the course of this three-month residency, Jamie will continue ongoing explorations of place, belonging and environment by mapping interactions with local landscapes and communities through embodied experiences of discovery. By lying down in wild spaces or foraging elements from those landscapes for studio use, she will reimagine ways of being in relationship with one another and the environment. Experimental approaches to drawing, printmaking, sound, photography, and installation will archive aspects of this process, alongside participatory, event-based work. Direct contact with the land is an integral aspect of these explorations, which are performative and improvisational by nature.
Jamie’s practice is process-led and material-responsive where she works outside of her comfort zone charting a new course. In new territory, she intentionally positions herself in unknown circumstances to experience the physical impact of surprise. Jamie sees touch as a form of navigation through this continual process of reorientation: a dialogue between the senses, thought, emotion, and physical sensation. By inviting viewers into the work, she cultivates active participation in this conversation and initiates new ways of connecting across multiple time zones. Blurring the line between near-far, interior-exterior, and individual-collective, she aims to disrupts how the spaces we inhabit impact us sensorially. This serves to map the liminal nature of place and belonging.
Groundswell Again - June 11, 2022, 3pm GMT +1 (10am EST/ 4pm CET), Various Locations Internationally
Jamie invites the public to join Groundswell Again, a transatlantic event bridging the distance between Ireland and other countries. Motivated by the belief that creative community building is an antidote to wide-spread isolation, participants will unite through a simple, synchronized act: lying flat on our backs in a wild space within diverse localities.
This is an opportunity to stop, look, and feel ourselves in direct contact while imagining the cache of other people doing the very same thing at the very same time in a number of countries around the world. The power of this act of vulnerability is that may open a new space to feel the relationship with our surroundings, and one another. Everyone involved, far and wide, is invited to photograph their experience and then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Prep for outdoor weather
2. Find a wild space/forest
3. Lay down
4. Stay down for 10+ mins
5. Photograph your view
6. Send the image to Jamie the same day
Members of the public will be encouraged to initiate their own calls for participation to diversify global involvement, and foster collaboration. Where possible, community members in-and-around Skibbereen are encouraged to meet in person locally. The photo-archive of the event will be shared publicly as a way for participants to locate themselves within the broader network of participation. This outdoor image projection will run 11pm on June 30, 2022, at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.
This is the second iteration of Groundswell. The event first took place in October 2021 in which 72 people across 8 countries in 5 time zones lay down outdoors at the same moment. This new phase aims to increase the number of people involved, diversify geographical locations, and incorporate accessible ways for those involved to view each other's contributions. This series is an exploration of embodied practices, the event as artwork, and experimental participatory art making.
Jamie Ashforth holds an MA in Art + Process from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork City, Ireland, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. She is a member of Sample Studios and Visual Artists Ireland. Jamie has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Drift/Land at Earl Selkirk Gallery, Toronto (2019), Plus/Minus, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork City (2021), and Thaw, Gallery Asna, Clonakilty (2022). Her experiences as artist in residence include Struts Gallery (Sackville, Canada), Working Artist Studios (Ballydehob), Road Books (Inniscarra), Cill Rialaig (Ballinskelligs). She will be participating in the Skibbereen Arts Festival with artist-led initiative, Re:Group, later this year.
Image: Jamie Ashforth, The Trees That Know Me, 2021
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.