Fight Yell Holla Roar
Claire Ashley's work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. Using the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor and pop art, Ashley transforms mundane materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props. For this exhibition Ashley draws upon the language of protest and words of female empowerment as inspiration for the creation of the Lillstreet flags. Fight Yell Holla Roar aggressively shouts from the rooftop and demands to be heard in this unprecedented brave new world. Working within a deeply feminist critique of the contemporary art world, the artist's work challenges art historical precedence and current art world and global power dynamics. Ashley is particularly invested in exploding the structural possibilities of abstract painting, expanding the kinetic possibilities for monumental sculpture, and enlivening the dialogue around contemporary art across class, gender, age, and education. Ashley is interested in creating democratic access to contemporary art by utilizing a deliberately egalitarian collection of humorous and formal entry points for multiple communities to engage with her work.