Jessica Ashman is a moving image artist, animator and arts educator whose work examines gender, identity and race. Using traditional hand-made paper animation processes, Ashman explores what she calls the “unlimited narrative and textural possibilities of the animated world” – deconstructing traditional filmmaking tropes via a frame-by-frame image making process.
Afro-futuristic science fiction has had a huge influence Ashman’s narratives. Daughter (2019) harnesses the notion of intergenerational time travel to address the power of ‘inherited’ trauma in the Black British consciousness, asking if we can ever truly escape histories of collective trauma. Ashman also engages in arts education, teaching her practice at a Goldsmiths and is currently a Schools Workshop Artist at the Tate Modern.
Arts Foundation Futures Award nominees in Experimental Short Film will be screening and discussing their work at the ICA with London Short Film Festival on January 12, click here for more information.