By juxtaposing my own personal elements into portraits of others, I can express different facets of myself. Even pictures of someone else, become self-portraits in a sense.
I’ve always been drawn to the human figure, expressive photography, and stories. Mixed media collages allow me to combine all of the elements of art and design that I love. Layering together textures, patterns, colors, and words lends to a unique outcome. My focus has primarily been on female subjects because I find the depths of mystery and power in a woman’s soul to be endless. These portraits to me are more than a likeness of someone. They are an opportunity to further express different facets of myself. I often juxtapose personal elements into these pieces, ultimately creating a self-portrait in a sense. I'm constantly exploring my own experiences and the ways they resonate in my life. By creating these portraits I am able to show the character I’ve created in my mind. By focusing on the eyes and body language, the clothing and symbolism, and overall mood, I can truly express the nature of that person as I wish. Each one of my finished artworks is a collection of ideas and things pieced together to become a visually unified concept. Finding relationships between things where they didn’t exist before is an underlying theme in what I create. The parts are still individually meaningful, but as a whole, something else. The moments I feel the magic happening is when I find the perfect fit of paper scraps, mix the ideal color, or see the expression in a portrait come alive. I love playing with a mistake until it works, and more often than not, it is better than the original plan, as is in life. Knowing that I pushed past the difficult mental blocks and came out on the other side, is satisfying and refuels me to keep creating. My hope for each person who views my art is that it holds their attention, and has a message for them. I hope they find a connection to themselves and in essence to me. Art that speaks to souls and minds and not just eyes connects people. It is the most important art of all.
Chelsea was born and raised in Western Oklahoma in the small town of Reydon. While attending college at SWOSU, in Weatherford, OK she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. She then moved to Fort Smith, AR then to Eastern Oklahoma, where she currently resides today with her wife and boys. Chelsea finds endless inspiration within all aspects of life- from the cycles that we live in through nature, our bodies and minds, and most importantly the stories that make us who we are. Although using pen is a favorite tool of hers, Chelsea finds that using a variety of media within a work allows for each element to be expressed to its full potential. She loves the challenge of making found and available items work together to create a unified piece. Her art training started from a young age at home with a creative family, progressed through high school and college art classes, and continues today through exposure to all kinds of art and design as well as creating something daily.
She has been a part of exhibitions including Momentum 2005: Art Doesn’t Stand Still: OKC, OK, Artists that Shoot From the Hip: Metcalf Museum: Durham, OK, Fort Smith ArtWalk 2018, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Featured Artist: June 2019, and currently has work on display at The Ivy, Wheaton, IL. She is a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and is currently working on a gallery show to be exhibited concurrent with the Frida Kahlo 2020 exhibit in Wheaton, IL.