Chloe Ashley is a Fine Art Practitioner specialising in alternative and archaic photographic processes. Currently studying for a degree in Fine Art at Loughborough University, she regularly exhibits across the Midlands.
'The practice investigates the transmutation of the everyday towards the uncanny, examining the duality between the familiar and unfamiliar through the alchemical application of alternative photography.The work shares affinities with Surrealist photography, experimenting with distortion and unusual composition to discover the unfamiliar from the mundane. Spirit photography’s absurdity of creating the unknown from techniques such as double exposure, has further inspired the interest with alternative photography and Surrealist technique.
Sigmund Freud’s discussion of the Unheimlich as a ‘species of the frightening that goes back to what was once well known and had long been familiar’ (Freud, 1919: 124) informed the work deeply and thus reflects the interest in the commonplace and domestic. The cognitive dissonance evoked from these objects/spaces is provoked further due to the juxtaposition of the contemporary everyday; the embodment of the twenty first century, contrasted with the use of archaic photographic techniques and antique camera equipment.'