Ashley Huot is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community developer born and raised under the vast grey skies of rural Canada. Graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011, she is currently based in Winnipeg Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. Her artistic practice is largely influenced by her rural upbringing on a landscape littered with dilapidated industrial and residential structures. In a culture dominated by an ideology where relationship to land is so often based in extraction and perceived usefulness, these remnants become symbols of the continuous erasure of the historical relationship between land and people. Her work articulates how our relationship to land, memory, and the body correlates with our ephemeral understanding of mortality, presence and anxieties. She explores these themes through the use of video, photography, painting, narrative and installation.
Ashley has participated in collaboratives, committees, and work with community based non-profits, social service agencies, and school divisions. Her main focus has been the development of free and accessible programs for children, youth, and their families that develop life skills while promoting wellness, resiliency, and the fostering of inclusive and socially sustainable communities. Ashley is currently pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Studies focused on the role of librarians in creating meaningful social change through enhancing community, supporting human rights, developing diverse forms of literacy, and providing opportunity for lifelong skill development.