7. CLAIRE ASHLEY

@clairehelenashley

This installation mines the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and pop art to transform mundane materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props. Claire Ashley works with inflatable sculpture as the surface for painting to live and breathe, becoming a tattooed skin of sorts on a kind of hybrid body. These sculptural paintings are animated at night by light.

Claire Ashley’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Claire is now Chicago based, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. Her work has been featured on blogs such as VICE, Hyperallergic, and Artforum, and in magazines such as Sculpture Magazine, and Art Papers.