Courtney Askey is a cross-disciplinary artist, musician and writer who aims to interrogate her experience as an artist through the use of transmedia storytelling. She explores fiction, identity, AI technology and gender through an anti-capitalist and post-cyberfeminist lens. Her work is imbued with a questioning of what labor means in both a wider sense, and in the making of her own work. The politics of labor are not absent from the creation of her artwork and its position in the greater landscape of the art institution. Her practice is about making; what she has made, what she will make, why she makes, how she sees herself during making, how she sees herself in relation to how others will see her after making. In approaching this through an analytical and curatorial perspective, the work goes through a number of filtration processes which allows it to eventually grow into its position within the gallery. When her artwork is situated within the gallery it exists within the pre-existing context of the space, and these conditions contribute directly to the fabric of her work.
After completing her six-month residency at Leicester Contemporary, Courtney held her first solo exhibition Certum Quod Factum (March 2022). Other recent shows include Hercy B Is Over Party at LCB Depot, Leicester (October 2022) and The Exposition – Introducing Hercy B, virtual exhibition (January 2021). She has exhibited at galleries and venues across the East Midlands and completed a number of commissions in collaboration with local organizations. For her exhibitions she has been awarded Outstanding Exhibition by De Montfort University in 2021, The Graduate Award by Two Queens in 2018, and awards from Silver Vine Arts and Leicester Lo-Fi Photography in 2015.
Courtney Askey’s residency is made possible through AAI’s ongoing partnership with Residency Unlimited and with support from the Arts Council England.