West Town, Chicago
Ali Aschman’s broad range of work stems from her passion for creating narrative-based installations. Describing her work as “experimental,” Aschman combines media and tangible installation to tell a story. Aschman’s work is a poetic combination of moving and still images, objects and sculptural installations. Focusing on the emotional layers of her work, Aschman aims to make each installation relatable to both herself and the audience by linking a surreal story to their own real life experiences.
Q What does it mean to you to be an artist in Chicago?
"Chicago encourages experimentation and development in artists' work, rather than everyone competing to be the next art star. So being an artist in Chicago means constantly pushing oneself towards self-improvement through sincere artistic exploration. Comparatively cheap rents help make this possible! "
Q What makes Chicago’s art scene special?
"The people. I've found the artists and cultural producers in Chicago to be really supportive of one other, and committed to making honest, meaningful work."
Q How do you feel you have enhanced the art community in Chicago?
"Since graduating from SAIC, I've tried to take advantage of as many of the local opportunities available to me, such as participating in programs at Hyde Park Art Center and Chicago Artists Coalition, showing at non-profit spaces like Roots & Culture, attending nearby residencies, and screening my animations at Chicago Underground Film Festival. These experiences have made my work accessible to the public, but have also tied me into different networks and given me a chance to engage with the work of my contemporaries in a constructive way."
"My work considers the complexities of human interactions - moments of convergence and separation between individuals, the brutality we inflict on one another, physically and emotionally, and the impulses we suppress.”
- Ali Aschman