Chelsey’s Artist Statement

My work looks to develop expansive, yet specific, portals to other worlds. This will be achieved through variant contained, intimate works that capture the viewer as a voyeur, as well as immersive installations that place the viewer directly in that world. I can make a viewer feel anxious by not delivering an expected outcome, happy by singing to them, out of body with the illusion of removing their body, or confused by the combination of these experiences.

  1. What inspired you to start creating? My grandma likes to tell me stories of when I was young and would ask her to bring supplies to me for art projects. She said I would sit for hours working on one thing making it perfect. I was such a quiet child so I had so many feelings built up in me I wanted to express. Instead of talking or playing, I created.
  2. What influences your art making now? If I were to list everything that inspired me, it would take up this whole article. But I think what inspires me in the most fundamental way is emotion. For example, the warm serene feeling of walking a trail in the woods and a few rays of sunlight break through the trees, or the blurry anxious feeling you get in your stomach when you read an angry or rejecting text from someone you love.
  3. How is your personality reflected in your work? I think two big parts of my personality are being spontaneous, yet a perfectionist. Sounds a bit ironic but that’s what makes things interesting. My thought process is free spirited while my methods are precise. Also considering I prefer handmade procedures, my work shows how raw and genuine I am as a person, too.
  4. How do you overcome creative blocks? Usually, I put together the bare minimum of what I can at first. I’ll probably make some super rough sketches to throw around ideas, look back at old sketches I’ve done, and also browse the wonderful World Wide Web to gather some inspiration (Pinterest is a blessing and a curse). If I don’t feel inspired after that, I’ll walk away; I’ll listen to music and play a game or something. Sometimes the thought comes to you after you stop thinking about it.
  5. What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world? I didn’t expect being an artist would be so competitive. It’s always been my dream, I feel like in order to be successful I have to make myself stand out and overachieve, not that that’s a bad thing. Throughout history, however, people were innovative and did things no one had ever done before. Today, there’s almost nothing that hasn’t been done. That’s what makes being an artist the most challenging in my opinion
  6. What do you feel is integral to being an artist? Keeping a journal. I think I found this out the hard way because I never wanted to keep up journaling as an art student. I found it tedious and I never wanted to keep any sketches I had done because I thought, ‘I won’t need that for anything.’ Well, that just not true. I found that sketching and keeping a record of every artistic thought is really important. I’ve looked back and recycled a lot of my old concepts for recent projects. All ideas are useful, no matter how small.
  7. What inspired you to begin using the materials that you use? I don’t completely limit myself in materials, but as for embroidery I became inspired both when I learned about art in the feminist movement and when I discovered the artists Maricor/Maricar while working on a typography project my junior year. I decided I wanted to explore the same idea of using an originally feminine art form for commercial design.
  8. If you could hang out with one artist who is deceased, who would it be? Bob Ross. I’m no painter, but that man has a way of motivating you. I even watched him when I was little, he was like my…inspiring TV artist uncle I never had. He has huge positive incites on life, which I can really dig.


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