Ash Tomkins


My Mothers Mother

Location 1: Fountainbridge  
Location 2: London Road

What do you first notice about someone on the subway?

Do you engage in eye contact with the homeless woman outside of Tescos?

I seek the discomfort of the mundane, rethinking the ways of looking, remembering, in the hope to make people look in a different way, and remember a haunting nostalgia differently than how they did before, and understand the chaotic collage of images they are bombarded with every second.

I concern my practice with the ethical debates/questions of engagement. My practice is exploratory, engaging with the written word and narratives that take form through; installations, film, and photographic mediums. I am curious to observe the rhythmic interactions work can have with audiences.

In the wake of covid 19, the act of a gaze has become extremely instrumental in my practice

I consider this looking like a spectacle to our perception of loneliness within the viewer, ‘Looking’ as an act, creates spatial awareness, distorting or informing an alienation between the audience and work, this relationship is what I seek to manipulate, now more than ever outside the white cube space.

Public intervention is a method I seek to use as a way to disturb or subvert these gazes, with my social experiment, Someones in the Room, (2020 installation), I considered the audience an intrinsic part of my work’s narrative, the audience acts as a crucial element to the installation itself, it created a living collage of performance.

Living collage underpins my practice, visual connections are extremely important to the narratives that are established within photography and films. My Mothers Mother Concerns my relationship with these themes, specifically looking at feminism and generations of women. On a personal level, the narrative researches my relationship with my late grandmother.