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. Ashley is pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science 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.
Ashley is passionate about making the arts accessible and approachable for all and has pursued this through her work and volunteering with community based non-profits, social service agencies, local arts organizations, and school divisions. Her main focus has been the development of free 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’s artistic practice is largely influenced by her rural upbringing. Her work articulates relationships between land, memory, and the body and how this correlates with our understanding of mortality, presence and anxieties. She explores these themes through the use of video, photography, painting, narrative and installation.