Ashley Couch is a research-based installation artist, critical theorist and lawyer. Their creative work explores where art and music, philosophy and politics, history and law, and ecology and healing merge to catalyze transformation. Their highly meditative, process-based studio practice invites conversation through levitated atmospheres. Creating affect through enchanting and insidious environments, and always implicating the viewer, they ignite awareness through layered movement, light and sound. With unexpected materials, they advocate for causes, creatures and spirit realms.
footnotes, a critical multimedia investigation compelling discovery at the crossroads between personal experience, history of place and legal storytelling, is part of Ashley’s current /ˈpro͞oviNG ˌɡround[s]/ series. footnotes consists of “elevated” footnotes conjured from critical autotheoretical musings printed on charmeuse, georgette and linen; single channel videos with spoken word and bluegrass music; curated stories, songs and archives including a book, bright leaf tobacco leaves and a ghostlike photograph printed on chiffon; and discarded and disrupted footnotes, historical newspaper articles and archives.