Erin Ashenhurst

• Visual Narrative & Everyday Oddity •


With an interest in visual narrative, my research explores themes including: design, humour, identity, memory, and urban landscape. You will find many of the same topics woven through my works of memoir and personal essay. (Sometimes they show up in my grocery lists.)

Erin Ashenhurst holds a BFA in Visual Art (Simon Fraser University), a certificate in Publishing (Columbia University), and an MA in Interactive Arts and Technology (SFU). Parts of her thesis, Snap/Shot: Identity, Memory, and the Digital Mediation of Experience, were researched while an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre (2010).

Her academic work has been presented at IDMAA: Digital Narrative (Vancouver, 2010), ACM SIGGRAPH Asia (Seoul, 2010),  ISEA 2011 (Istanbul, 2011), The Inter-Disciplinary Network’s Monstrous Geographies I (Oxford, 2012) and Monstrous Geographies 2 (Prague, 2013 ), and Canadian Culinary Imaginations (Vancouver 2016). In 2015, her chapter on the depiction of city in the television show The Real Housewives of Vancouver was published in The Fantasy of Reality, a book of critical essays (allowing her to claim she only watches reality television for super-serious, academic reasons).

She teaches courses in popular culture, and design history at the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.