Courtney Askey

Courtney Askey

Artist

  • Location: Leicester
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Courtney Askey is a Leicester based fine artist, musician, writer and curator. She is currently undertaking an MA in Fine Art at De Montfort University.

Courtney's practice is rooted in a fascination with the ever-changing world of familiar technology and the internet. She works with video, photography, installation, sound, text, and performance to investigate online phenomenon, technology as power, and constructed identity in relation to the habitation of digital spaces. Through her work, she posits questions regarding gender, pretence, and reality.

Currently she is exploring the anxieties of working as an artist and the act of creating work through science fiction archetypes, such as artificial intelligence and cyborgs. Her work employs the use of symbolism through characters, visual motifs, and colours, inviting the viewer to question their own perceptions. The visual aspects of her work are deeply intertwined with their accompanying sound. Film and installation are media that allow for an immersive experience that plays on all the senses, and this sense of worldbuilding is important in translating the intangible digital into reality.

The most important processes involved in the creation of the artwork are researching and editing. Courtney's artistic practice often fuses into her curatorial practice. She re-contextualises found footage and appropriated images, shifting their meaning within the space of the gallery. Visual references are used from different places, times and eras, sometimes jutting up against something opposing, be it visually or contextually, allowing for new narratives to emerge within the work.

Work History

Director - Silver Vine Arts

Jan 2017 - Present

Visual artist - self

Jan 2014 - Present

Musician - self

Jan 2011 - Present

Director and Curator - Hub

Aug 2019 - Jan 2020

Art Consultant and Marketing Manager - Oberon Gallery

May 2017 - Aug 2019

Resident Artist/Atelierista - Grosvenor House Day Nursery

Jun 2018 - Jan 2019

Workshop Leader - Soft Touch Arts

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

Artist's Assistant - Leila Houston

Oct 2015 - Jan 2016

Volunteer and exhibiting artist - Summer Art Trail

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Education

(ongoing) Fine Art - Master of Arts - De Montfort University

Sep 2019 - Present

Fine Art - First Class (Hons) - Bachelor of Arts - De Montfort University

Sep 2015 - Jun 2018

Art and Design Foundation - Foundation Diploma Distinction - De Montfort University

Aug 2014 - May 2015

English Literature A, Film Studies A, Photography B - A Level - Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Skills

  • Photography
  • Art Film
  • Conceptual Art
  • Creative Writer
  • Documentary
  • Filmmaking
  • Fine Art
  • Fine Art/Artworker
  • Installation art
  • Internet art
  • Music
  • Online art
  • Portrait Photography
  • Portraiture
  • Short filmmaking
  • Songwriting
  • Sound art
  • Vocals
  • Web art

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