MARGARET ASHMAN RE
Margaret studied Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire and then took a Printmaking MA at Brighton, graduating in 2005. She is a member of the Printmakers Council and Chaired it from 2011-2017. Often invited to take part in international print exhibitions, Margaret’s work is in the following collections:Guangdong Museum of Art, China, Jiangsu Art Museum, China, Museum of Graphic Art, Split, Croatia, Shenzhen University, China, Guanlan Print Base, China, The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, Iowa, The University of Hertfordshire, The Ashmolean Museum, Hogan Lovells Law Firm, Citigroup, River Island, Whangeri Art Museum, Kent Print Collection, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Kent Print Collection, Scarborough Museums Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Margaret creates delicately coloured original prints based on gesture, dance and sign. The stillness and silence of the works is not accidental, it’s often because her models are deaf. Each step or movement of arm, hand and body flows from a performer who speaks the visual language of sign. Whether signing or dancing without words, each gesture is intentional and resonant with hidden meaning. Margaret’s latest series of works are derived from video footage of the US dancer Tashara Gavin-Moorehead performing a worship dance to the Witney Houston song I love the Lord. The Japanese titles are Ogamu meaning worship, Naku meaning cry or sing, Joi meaning joy and Kaisai meaning exultation.