Aisling Ward

  • 2020
  • Art
  • Fine Art - MA (Hons)

Aisling Ward: The Path of a Single Thread

The Path of a Single Thread

What do you want people to know about your graduation project? 

The Path of a Single Thread was proposed as a multimedia experience combining performance, video and print.

The work references the social and political histories of lace manufacturing in the East Midlands, specifically those surrounding class and gender politics. Using dance and repetitive rhythm as forms of ignition, the piece gestures towards a reclamation of feminist resistance within the workforce.

What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you? 

This series of work was inspired by a talk I attended by Silvia Federici last summer and draws on her essay ‘In Praise of the Dancing Body,’ where she explores the body as a site for political imposition, of memory and also as a ground for resistance.

I am inspired by artists and writers who actively advocate for social change, and would like to pursue this through developing a socially-engaged practice.

What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh? 

Definitely being able to study a combination of art history and art practice.

The MA Fine Art programme also offers an extra year to progress, and I feel that my work has developed so much within this past year. I have also really enjoyed working alongside everyone in the studio and learning from some amazing tutors.

What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans? 

I am really interested in continuing to develop my research, perhaps through studying a post-graduate course. I would also love to be involved with an artist-run space or another not-for-profit organisation. The dream is to eventually go into curating.

Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here, perhaps relating to the things you’ve learned? 

The opportunities I have had through studying at ECA have been invaluable, I particularly enjoyed being Editor-in-Chief of the University’s art and culture journal Canvas and learned so much through collaborating with other students.

My highlight was being involved in the Scotland + Venice professional development programme as part of the Venice Biennial last summer; spending three months looking at and invigilating such inspiring artworks in Venice was pivotal to the development of my work this year.


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