Ashill’s multi-disciplinary practice includes amateur acting, theatre boards, Drag King culture, video, and performance that draw on her own personal experiences of high-class culture and working class identity.
In a fun and comedic way, Ashill uses the DIY aesthetic of amateur acting to create costumes and sets that convey numerous characters. In her performances, Kathryn focuses on many themes, including Cliff Richard, Butlins’ history and knobbly knees, the principal boy in pantomime, the Take a Break magazine and a cat that killed someone in a past life.
Kathryn Ashill was born in Swansea in 1984 and now lives and works on Barry Island. Ashill graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art (Combined Media) from Swansea Metropolitan University (now University of Wales Trinity St Davids), and has an MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art, and has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Ashill is currently a PHD candidate, based on current practice at the University of Manchester, where she’s exploring the potential of inter-species collaboration in artwork creation through performance and bio therapy. This research is funded by the Wellcome Trust.