What is it to be bound and caged and yet concealed?
Its true nature ambiguous to those who can only see the surface of its reality.
It hints its presence, it breaks the surface.
In struggle there is an attempt to reveal, to remove, to be set free.
Resisting, catching, pulling, it penetrates as it tears.
Constricted by wild nature, by memory and loss; both of equal force and poetic trauma.
The body as site and the eyes of the skin, pricked and punctured, wounded in process.
On the outsides looking inward, gained by the moment, in its intensity and darkness.
In contemplation and dialogue through a delicate yet intense action.
Discomfort yet understanding in relation to infliction.
Proposing that we must assure the autonomy in owning our own truths; which may break the surface but are hidden either through oppression or by deceit.
Enforcing resistance to the lies which mask the truth.
About Ashley-Louise McNaughton
Ashley-Louise McNaughton is a Scottish artist currently based in London. Through actions, movement, and sound, she explores the [mental, physical and spiritual] body in a tactile and sensorial response to space, time, and natural materials. By exploring and advocating that which lies in between she seeks to elicit the strength in vulnerability, the hope within hopelessness, and resilience to struggle. Considering and confronting personal, social, and political truths, conflicts, and traumas; she enforces resistance and urgency through unconventional dialogues, allowing for transformation to occur.
Scars and wounds may heal with time memory resides yet still, we bleed internal.
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