DJCAD Second Year Fine Art – Semester 2

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Rachel Bride Ashton – Artists Statement

What Freud calls the Id and internalised misogyny are two of the current themes in my work. I construct a hybrid of Blue Beard and the wolf of fairy tales to embody these concepts, the former is sometimes the sexual predator of our own psyche (the shadow self) and the latter the external predator (the patriarchy). He and his pink fleshy creatures cavort and incite sexual abuse in cyberspace. They stalk the natural woman whose unkept body hair is not socially acceptable; who’s breasts and body sag with age and childbearing and who’s face is not perfectly painted into the featureless mask of generic beauty which all women are expected to aspire to.

The objectification of women in advertising and on social media continues to cause us self-hatred. Drawing on examples like the depiction of the torture of St Agatha in Renaissance painting, I have created a cyclical creative process, where drawings, paintings and etchings generate characters, scenes, scenarios, masks and props. These precipitate a performance, which then becomes a poem, which creates sound and then video and back round again, defining and redefining the hybrid characterisation and the contexts. In my film The Bleeding Key, I layer music and text with my 2D work and play the wolf in its different guises. I obscenely and comically thrust, to an aggressive, word and image heavy soundtrack which forces us to consider with discomfort if we are not all part of the problem.




2019 – present, Fine Art BA (Hons), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

2018 – 2019, NC Music, North East of Scotland College, Aberdeen

1993 – 1994, NC Art and Design, Glasgow College of Building and printing, Glasgow


April 2017 – May 2018, Walking Without Walls, Digital Residency, Deveron Projects, Huntly

 Events and Achievement

  • March 2020, Submitted to Miles in Minutes Film Showcase, Dundee/Canada
  • February 2020, Our Space Performance, Second Year Seminar Room, DJCAD, Dundee – Il Teatro Delle Marionette
  • February 2020, Art Bar, Dundee, Performance –Musical collaboration
  • February 2020, Generator Projects, Dundee, Performed at Members Exhibition Opening Night
  • November 2019, Church Dundee, Performed in Fleeting Motions – A Show Case of Performance Art
  • November 2019, 28 Coutties Wynd, Dundee, Art Party – Exhibition, Performance and Discussion
  • November 2019, DJCAD, Loving Vincent– Curated second year film screening
  • August 2019, Repair, album release
  • January 2019, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Lunchtime Talks at the Maritime Museum, Aberdeen – Presented A Transcultural Exchange
  • August 2018, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Arts Festival – Art, Borders and Migration – presented Walking Without Walls
  • August 2018, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria – Global Academy II, Examples of Transcultural Exchange- Presented Walking Without Wallsas a Pecha Kucha
  • May 2018, Walking Without Walls, Tate Modern, London – Film included in Tate Exchange Programme Presented by Cornerstone Arts
  • April 2018, Walking Without Walls, Huntly – Simultaneous Slow Marathons in Scotland and Gaza
  • 2015, The Story of Mouse– Collaborative book publication
  • 2014, Featured on Sky TVs ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’
  • 2017 – 2019, Collaboratively hand built and established an off-grid, self-sufficient natural house and five-acre forest gardens, Aberdeenshire
  • 2002 – 2016, Opened and ran Northern Eye Gallery, Ceres
  • 2002 – 2018, Led workshops, classes, walks and private tutored in intuitive painting, healing weeds, plant journaling, natural paint-making and clay oven and rocket stove building
  • 1997 – 2019, Home educated my two children


The Town Collection, Huntly

ConocoPhillips, Rubislaw House, Aberdeen

Various private collections in the UK and the United States

Solo Exhibitions

2018, Ethical Gift Shop, Huntly – Walking Without Walls

2018, The Bank Restaurant, Huntly

2015, The Art Room, Huntly

2015 The Gallery, Elgin Library, Elgin – Repair

2015 The Tearoom, Castle of Park, Cornhill

2015, 2014 NEOS, The Bothy, Knock

2013 NEOS The Old Shop, Huntly

2013 Larks Gallery, Ballater

2011 Touched by Scotland, Insch

1999, 2013 Still Life Studio, Aberlour – The Painted Land

2005, 2006 The Blue Door Gallery, Pittenweem

2002, 2004, 2006 Northern Eye Gallery, Ceres

2000 Insomnia, Glasgow – Postnatal Impression

 Duo Exhibitions

2018, 2017 The Ethical Gift Shop, Huntly

2017, 2015 Forgue Church, Forgue

2007 Still Life, Aberlour

1999 Logie Steading, Forres

1996 Barnyard Studios and Gallery, Garmouth – Mojo

 Collective Exhibitions

2020, Travelling Exhibition, Art school exchange – Cabin Baggage

2020, DJCAD Mathew Gallery, Dundee – Then and NowExhibition

2020, Ron Lawson Gallery, Dundee

2020, DJCAD, Dundee – DJCAD Foyer Exhibition

2019, Mathew Building Upper and Lower Foyer, DJCAD, Dundee – Rubatosis

2019, DJCAD Open Days CAP Second Year Students Exhibition

2019, The Cooper Gallery, Dundee – Studio Jamming

2019, The Artist’s Studio, Aberlour

2019, RBS Building, Huntly – Five Huntly Artists

2019, The Blue Roof Gallery, Oyne

2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009 Larks Gallery, Ballater

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, Imagine at 27, Banff

2016, 2015, The Wee Gallery, Cullen

2016, 2014 Archies Art, The Wood Group, Aberdeen

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 The Holburn Gallery, Aberdeen

2015 Teasel and Tweed, Aberdeen

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 The Elgin Gallery, Elgin

2016, 2014, 2012, 2009 Art Aboyne, Aboyne

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003 Still Life, Aberlour

2011, 2004, 2000, 1999 Just Art, Fochabers

2009, 2008 Coast Festival, Macduff

2007, Mcgregor Fine Art, Glasgow

2007, 2005 Carby Art, Aberdeen

2004 Eduardo Allessandros, Broughty Ferry

2004 The Queens Gallery, Dundee

2004 Gallery Nomansland, Aberlour

2004, 2003, 2002 Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxford

2002 ConocoPhillips, Rubislaw House, Aberdeen

2002 Indigo for Contemporary Art, St Andrews

2002, 2000 Frames Contemporary Gallery, Perth

2002 The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

2001 Nickleson Gallery, Scone

2000 The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan

2000 The Glasgow Room, Princes Square, Glasgow

2000 The Gallery, Cupar

2000 The Weem, Pittenweem