Ashley Huot is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised under the vast grey skies of rural Alberta Treaty 6 Territory, currently based in Winnipeg Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta, graduating in 2011 with the Livia Stoyke Foundation Best of Show Award. Her artistic practice is largely influenced by her rural upbringing; articulating how our relationship to environment 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 pursued her interest in social justice, community outreach and arts education through community based non-profit work. She has managed and coordinated multiple programs and events that focus on making the arts accessible and approachable to vulnerable and diverse communities. Her main focus has been in developing free programs for children and youth that utilize the arts to develop life skills that promote wellness and resiliency, fostering inclusive and socially sustainable communities.