Out of site image 2Erin Evans Delaney is a politically engaged artist, who utilizes performance, music, and social practice as forums to engage the viewer’s sense of proximity and generosity. Erin explores our human proclivity for alliance building and urge for community reclamation by activating spaces for resistance, feminist expression, and radical giving.

Her performance work offers viewers insight into radical confusions with in an intellectual and corporeal experience of lives inside civilizations. Music functions in her practice as a transient gathering place, from which performers can stoke points of cultural and political relation. Her social practice work addresses community service and development in Chicago, asking questions about democracy, urban histories, and public space. The goal of her work is always to form alliances through art. She wishes to always make known how contingent each of our vitalities are on one another’s, and in turn to the vitalities of earth.

The performance for Out of Site 2019 references the contemporary ecological phenomenon of the Plastiglomerate, a naturally formed ball of sticky clay that collects tidal detritus on beaches. In recent history, these glomerates have been found to include plastic, integrating this human-made material into an organic ecological process of rock decomposition and decay. My interest is to create an organic assemblage on the body, portraying the inevitability of the plastic/body relationship, but instead, using a bioplastic that is environmentally safe. Using the biodegradable plastic as representative of the sticky organic clay body, I will point to in our contemporary and problematic relationship to plastic while presenting a future fusion of the plastic body that is not harmful to our ecosystem.