Carly McAskill is a researcher, visual artist, teacher and writer. She is passionate about the arts and culture, intergenerational pedagogies, research-creation, memory studies, motherline research, feminist pedagogy, arts-based methodology, storytelling, disability and age studies. As a visual artist Carly communicates through intricate mark making using mixed media, drawing, painting and collage. Through these materials, Carly chronicles her abiding interest in bringing together an assemblage of different representations of women. The multi-layered images in her work explore identity through meditation on place, time, presence, and inheritance. Carly believes in the powers of representation through collage: “the fragments are significant as they become a tool to tell a story and reflect a pattern.” Also, the use of flowers in her work act as metaphorical subject matter that addresses emotions and issues around memory, history and identity.
Carly holds a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior Division with Visual Arts and Religion teachable from Nipissing University (2014-2015), Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from York University (2011-2013), Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design University (2008-2011) and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from McMaster University (2004-2008). Additionally, Carly is the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for 4th year female painters from Ontario College of Art and Design University (2011).
Currently, Carly is completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Kim Sawchuk. She is the recipient of the Ageing, Communication and Technology Doctoral Fellowship (2016); Ageing, Communication and Technology Scholarship for Graz International Summer School SEGGAU (2016) as well as Faculty of Arts and Social Science Graduate Fellowship in Ethnic Studies and Social Diversity Award (2016). Carly’s current research uses her art and research background in memory, identity, storytelling, collage, and drawing to lay the foundation for her proposed PhD project, ‘Who Am I? Who Are You? Who Are We?’, to make deeper connections to women, mothers, daughters and dementia. It stems from Carly’s current relationship with a woman in her motherline: her grandmother who has dementia. The term ‘motherline’ is used to refer to the shared experience when women get together to tell one another stories about female experience: physical, psychological, and historical. For her proposed doctoral project, Carly seeks to work with twelve senior women with dementia and their daughters in a research-creation project that promotes the shared experience of the motherline. It is about creating an environment where women with dementia can build on their individual strengths, art, and intergenerational learning with their daughters by looking at what their relationships are to themselves, one another and others. Additionally, the relationship to their environment, culture, immediate family and friends will be looked at. Memory and narrative inquiry are central to the project because women with dementia and their daughters have something important to say, have stories and want to tell them. Moreover, Carly’s work can be viewed on her website: www.carlymcaskill.com.