Claire Ashley in-conversation with Dr Clare O'Dowd

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021
  • Interview between artist and curator, premiered on YouTube, 6pm. Part of our Portable Sculpture events series.

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Curator Dr Clare O’Dowd talks to artist Claire Ashley about the use of inflatables in her practice, focusing on Clown (Laughing Stock) 2020, a new work commissioned for Portable Sculpture. Ashley discusses the relationship between painting and sculpture in her work and the necessity of taking up space as a woman in a male-dominated field.

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About the speaker

Claire Ashley is a Scottish-born, Chicago-based artist who mines the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humour, and Pop Art to transform ordinary materials into inflatable painted sculptures. Ashley received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. She has an old husband, three kids, a dog and four cats. Ashley’s work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations. She has been featured on blogs such as VICE, Hyperallergic, and Artforum, and in magazines such as Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Yorkshire Post, and Condé Nast Traveller (European). Her work has been shown at venues including: Art Basel, Kassel; Rockelmann & Partner, Berlin; The Tetley, Leeds; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; PLAY/GROUND, Medina, New York; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin; Art Gallery of Mississauga; The Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Additionally, her work has been exhibited in Scotland at The House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, gallerA1, Edinburgh and The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness.

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