About

Zoë Ashbrook Contemporary Landscape Artist

Zoë Ashbrook.

Inspired by the time I spend walking in landscape my aim is not to replicate those scenes but to transfer into the work a sense of the experience of place, memory and the passage of time.

Observation is key to my experimental practice. Capturing moments and responses to the experiences felt through photographs, video and sketchbook drawings.  These aid as a tool, helping me soak in the features which catch my eye together with moments of quiet, mindful observation which enrich the memory and deepen the experience of connection to a place.

In the studio memories are explored. Beginning with drawings which recollect and express the observations captured within the landscape.  These quick intuitive studies reveal as much of the unconscious as well as conscious memory, providing a visual language which I then incorporate into further work.

Working with layers, paintings evolve organically through a repetition of  adding and subtracting, scrapes, scratches, delicate and bold movements. Providing the opportunity for the unexpected, serendiptious responses to emerge while creating a rich tapestry of mark making and history, much like the landscape that surrounds us. 

The goal is to create a painting to intrigue the viewer to look closer, to be rewarded each time by a new discovery within the delicate subtlety of colour shifts and the quieter, softer details enticing the observer to find their own unique connection to the work.

Originally from Cambridge, and having enjoyed living in a number of places around England I am now based in Gloucestershire where I work in my home studio. Currently studying an MA Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire I am enjoying bringing my experimental practice to working with new materials and processes of printmaking, photography, ceramics and moving image.

photo inspiration

Natures endless inspiration...

My camera is always close at hand.  I find real joy in taking the time to focus to capture the experience I feel of a moment in time in a particular place.  My senses are heightened to the atmosphere, energy and visual palimpsest of nature.  It is this together with the emotional response that I try to convey in mywork. 

In reality I rarely paint using these photographs as a direct tool to work from but rather when I look at them they take me back to that moment in time and those emotions and sensory responses are rekindled and it is that which I use to guide and steer my creativity. 

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