This article is part of the Sixty Regional project which partners with artists, writers, and artist-run spaces to highlight art happening throughout the Midwest and Illinois. Written by Allison Walsh, an artist from Peoria, IL and in affiliation with Project 1612, this article is a first-hand account of what it is like to be in one of Claire Ashley’s inflatable performances. Sitting on the floor, cross-legged with a battery pack strapped across my chest, I looked up at the painted canvas floating around me. My mysterious surroundings brought me strange feelings—the safety of being inside of a womb, the playfulness of hide and seek, and the potential that I was discovering a new planet. I sat and waited inside the sculpture, seeing nothing of the outside world, but the occasional nebulous figure across the inflatable form. I slowly heard more and more people gather in the space. I could sense them look at me, but they couldn’t see past the opaque skin of the inflatable organism. None of the spectators knew I was sitting there, cross-legged in silence. …
A look into the show Central Time Ceramics, featuring the latest ceramic and sculptural work by artists in Central Illinois at Bradley University’s Heuser Art Gallery.
Written by Jessica Bingham, artist and co-founder of Project 1612, this review looks into the recent show Parallel Lines: A Multimedia Exhibition at Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria, Illinois.
This brief interview was conducted by the team at Project 1612 and artist Hannah Offutt as part of their Central Illinois Studio Visits and Artist Interview series, and shared as part of Sixty Regional.