Zoë Ashbrook is a contemporary landscape artist living and working in Gloucestershire, UK.  She graduated from University of Gloucestershire in 2023 with an MA Fine Art (Distinction).

Zoë's practice is anchored in experiences of time, landscape and memory.  Mindful sketchbook mark making documents an immediacy of emotive response to the passage of time observed within landscape and recorded vignettes of interest captured on her mobile phone provide fragmented moments Zoë returns to later in the studio. 

A visual language evolves through the layering of expressive abstract marks and gestures, where addition and subtraction play an equally significant role in the journey to completion of a painting. Zoë aspires to evoke within the viewer a reason to pause.  Inviting us to spend time with the work, allowing a slow reveal and a quiet recognition of the expressions of time and memory embedded within the work, our everyday experiences and the external landscapes we pass through. 

Zoë is a member of Walking the Land artist collective  and Drawing Research Network (DRN)

Representation: The Paragon Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

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Engaging with ideas of time, memory and landscape I explore notions of entangled pasts, present and futures. Through drawing, painting and sculpture my perceptions of these evolving, entwined, sensory relationships are explored.

Process to me is key. Focusing on sensory qualities of materiality allows me to integrate a sense of meaning to each of the processes I choose to work with. The time I spend walking in landscape capturing conscious and unconscious interactions through my mobile mobile, simple sketchbook observations and autographic mark making creates the foundation for my studio practice.

Working with paper, frottage and eyes closed drawing I record sensory dialogues of touch, time and memory of place.  Autographic black marks and sculpted paper outcomes exist as unique documents of experience. Explorations which exploit the uniquely sensitive quality of drawing and serve as a catalyst for further work. Paintings become a reflection on my experiences and philosophical interpretations of time, memory and landscape I find so interesting.

Woodland Dialogues

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