Ashley Sheekey is an artist. b. 1991, UK.
My artistic practice and research are concerned with public space and its relationship to individual social liberty. I am particularly interested in the relationship between smooth space and urban public space.
A smooth space is one not governed by rules, not limited to any particular form. Here, a person is at liberty to be free, to behave and engage with the space as they choose. Surroundings are experienced in an intimate and physical way. We affect and are affected. I see smooth space as the antithesis to the public spaces with which we are familiar — spaces rife with elements such as hostile architecture, intended to determine our behaviour.
Through drawing, writing and digital collage, I highlight the prevalence of such elements, questioning the role they play in restricting our experience of smooth space and the motivation for doing so.
MA Fine Art Graduate Show,
The Fish Factory,
Passmore Edwards Building,
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University of Brighton, UK
University of Falmouth, UK