Ashleigh Garwood was born in Sydney in 1986. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in Art Theory. Since graduating she has studied silver gelatin processes at Blanco Negro, Sydney, as well as undertaken courses in collodion and wet place processes at the George Eastman House, Rochester NY. In 2015 Ashleigh was the inaugural recipient of the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
Ashleigh's recent practice has focused on landscape imagery and our expectations of nature and the natural environment; how these expectations have been come to be defined by our relationship to images. She uses a combination of analogue and digital processes to create images that are rigorous and pay close attention to the relationship of form, content and concept.
She is interested in how the manipulation of elements can pull apart the idea of depicting a landscape.
Where the landscape becomes not only the subject but also the space in which the projection of other notions plays out; notions of globalization, being, experience, place, space and time.
Her recent series, Of Other Spaces, has focused on Australian landscapes and the capacity of photography to both shape and fracture our relationship with
nature and national identity. Her newer work, Under Erasure, plays with low-fi technology as a way of abstracting the landscape into an illusory vista.
Ashleigh has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Australian Centre of Photography, Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. She has been featured in Art Collector and her work is held in the Macquarie Bank Corporate collection, as well as various private collections in Sydney.