I\W: Do you feel like your objects are performing, even without a body inside?
Claire Ashley: Right. That’s what I love about the static ones, the non-dancing ones. There is so much less pressure on them, and they don’t rip as easily. I don’t have to organize people. I am in much more control of them, and I do like the breath of them, or the pressure that people can put against them. A lot of people engage with the work because of the color and the playfulness. I love when people are engaged in a way that they want to touch and get up close and personal unlike most contemporary artwork where you do not touch. I am intellectual in some ways, but I totally appreciate that immediacy that people to respond to the work as well. It becomes an important part of how the work is existing.
(Claire’s studio is located behind her Oak Park home, a space often too small for her large, inflatable creations that tend to spill out into her backyard between plots of tulips. Like the flowers speckling her yard—vibrant yellows, pinks and blues splatter her amorphous objects inciting the innate desire for touch and play.)