Ashiling Walsh is a visual artist based in Cork, Ireland. She received a Honours BA in Fine Art from MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. Her work is rooted in the process of making, creating a strong space that conveys a heightened sense of emotion for the viewer to engage with the work on a visceral level. This is accomplished through a mixed media approach, employing traditional female crafts such as sewing, applique and crochet, as well as traditional and nontraditional printmaking techniques. Her practice is highly engaged with politics and current affairs and as a female artist, , she feels
passionately about injustice and abuse of privilege. For her degree show work, she was awarded, the MTU Graduate Residency Award (Materials Store), Longlisted for the RDS Visual Art Award and Cork Textiles Network Award. Collections include: MTU Purchase Prize.
Exhibitions: ‘Ar Scath A Cheile’ James Barry Exhibition Centre (2023), ‘Origins’, Lismore Castle Arts (2022), Graduate Show, Crawford College Of Art and Design (2022), ‘Central Creativity’, St Johns Sawmill Street (2019)
A woman’s body, our first home, is heavily contested territory. It is the site of dominant social, political and cultural beliefs and ideologies that has hindered women’s rights and lives forever.
This work explores themes of feminism, specifically the female experience relating to domestic violence in Ireland. Home is a place where you feel that you belong. An enclosed and protected space like the mother’s womb, somewhere you should feel your most secure.
One in four women who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner. In cases of domestic violence, your home, your ‘safe space’ becomes a place of constant conflict and control over space leading to anxiety for everyone within that space. An abusive relationship violates a person’s humans rights to life, health, freedom, safety and security.
Membership: MTU CCAD Backwater Studios Graduate Residency Award