Shifting Subjects at the Abbey Walk Gallery

Shifting Subjects is now open at the Abbey Walk Gallery. The show opened on Wednesday. It features commissioned work by Wendy Elia, Linda Ingham and myself, and pieces by Sarah Lucas and Miranda Whall.

Annay McNay writes:

“Out of the three commissioned artists, Margaret Ashman deals with the notion of artist-audience communication the most directly. The sign dance she performs in her film comprises an artistic combination of dance steps and sign language for the deaf, rendering a rough translation of a poem she wrote in the journal she kept as part of this project. Throughout the dance Ashman seems partly to be communicating with, partly to be unaware of the audience. As a devout Christian, whose religiosity infuses her work, she might perhaps be deemed to be in communication with God. The sequence could be a slow meditation, a yoga-like salutation. Holding her hands together in prayer, uttering ‘Amen’, and then towards the end of the film, a sudden burst of spoken speech: ‘In the beginning was the word’. Ashman makes explicit the significance of language and communication as a means to define the self. Her choice to show the film alongside photo etchings gives rise to a multiplicity of languages and different levels of metarepresentation, emphasising the many possible translations and modes of expression of the self; there is no one sign, or subject+identity, that defines an autobiography. Across time and space everything shifts.”IMG_2954 IMG_2942 IMG_7113 IMG_7112 IMG_7111 IMG_7110 IMG_7109 IMG_7108 IMG_2952 IMG_2950 IMG_2947

Anna McNay writes catalogue

Freelance Arts writer Anna McNay has written a great essay for the exhibition catalogue. She has a background in academic linguistics with particular interests in art and gender, art and the body and art and sexuality.
The catalogue will be available from the Abbey Walk Gallery.

Just one week to go and my dry mounted prints have gone off in a van for delivery to the gallery later today. I’ll be at the Opening on Tuesday evening 2nd September and talking to a group from a local school on Wednesday 3rd September.

I have updated my website with images of the etchings on a new page in my gallery.

one month to go to the launch of Shifting Subjects!


Shifting Subjects
Contemporary Women Telling the self through the Visual Arts
3rd September – 31st October
Sarah Lucas | Miranda Whall | Wendy Elia
Margaret Ashman | Linda Ingham

The exhibition opens on the 2nd September at the Abbey Walk Gallery

A completed set of prints has gone to be professionally dry mounted for display in the exhibition. The film has been sent off too.  Art writer Anna McNay has written a brilliant essay for the catalogue and interviewed the artists for a catalogue Q&A piece.