Sunday, 2 June 2013

VPHG Artist Spotlight: Chelsea Brant

It's time for another installment of our Artist Spotlight series; where we find out a little more about the people behind the pieces featured in the gallery. Today we'll be hearing from Chelsea Brant, one of the LaTrobe Visual Arts students currently exhibiting in the LAB RATS show.
Who are you? 
My name is Chelsea Brant, I am 22 years old and will be completing my third year of University in June 2013. I have concluded 2 and a half years of my undergrad at the University of Guelph, Ontario in Canada and am currently finishing a semester exchange at La Trobe University, Bendigo campus. I have worked with many different mediums and been guided by many different professors, and community artists, all in which have greatly helped me to get where I am today. I have always enjoyed art but never expected to take it any further than high school. Once I was offered an elective course in my first year of University with an art course as an option, I fell in love with art. Ever since, I have been learning, evolving and perfecting my artistic journey.
What inspires you?
Going to art galleries is my biggest inspiration. After a day of gallery hopping, I find myself infused with energy to go home and work on my own art. I get so anxious, it becomes difficult to go to sleep.
What are the main medium(s) you work in?
Before temporarily moving to Australia, my main mediums were oil paint and charcoal. However my attention has diverted to trying different types of mediums while here, as well as different ways of presenting my artwork.
How do you describe your work?
My current work is based on an evolving feeling of insecurity, lack of confidence in an art world and frustrations with evaluations in art. It is experimental, yet well thought through and processed.

Tell us about the specific pieces you're exhibiting at VPHG...
The work exhibited at VPHG is a series or 3 different works. Two of which are installation pieces created from images, drinking glasses and water and one of which is a processed self-portrait released on textured paper. This series is meant to peak the curiousity of its viewers, provoke some intentional or unintentional feelings as well as subtly describe my feelings caused and resolved over the period of one semester.
What are you working on currently?
Currently I am holding back from the production of more work until I return to Canada. Once back home, I will be producing abstract paintings for an upcoming shared exhibition with a Toronto artist.

Thanks Chelsea for being a part of the VPHG Artist Spotlight series - all the best for your return to Canada! If you'd like to catch Chelsea's work before she leaves, the LAB RATS exhibition will be on until the  8th of June at View Point Handmade Gallery, 13 View Point, Bendigo. 

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