Margaret Ashman was born in 1959 in Northampton, England. She became a scientist post university – obtaining a degree in Physics from Oxford University and working for several years as a research Physicist at the Hirst Research Centre GEC. She also holds a Fine Art Degree from the University of Hertfordshire and a Masters in Printmaking from the University of Brighton.
Themes of focus
Ashman has developed clear themes within her practice based on the use of photography. Ashman's exploration of sign language, have led to work in which she addresses subjects comprising of religious faith, spirituality and emotion. Hands are a recurring theme in her images, whether re-affirming positive qualities of human nature or as a means of expression.
Ashman’s imagery makes use of pieces of her own photography and certain fragments from sources such as fabrics, garments, wallpaper or books with a heavy Asian influence. Her favourite source of inspiration comes from the Japanese Chisato Minamimura, who performed improvised dance and a number of sequences of sign language for the Deaf.
Margaret has won various prizes including the Overall Winner of the London Print Studio Members Show in 2017. She received the Intaglio Printmaking Award at the Bankside Gallery in 2012 and the 3rd Guanlan International Print Prize in 2011.