Artist Statement

As an installation artist, I create new landscapes that seek a balance of building new worlds from the waste of this one. I am compelled to find moments of intimacy, beauty and wonder through the transformation of common and abundant materials. With a reverence for the natural world, I am inspired by transitional landscapes where culture and nature collide. The scale and volume of the work speaks for itself as a call for action and awareness to the state of global consumption and industrial waste in our changing world.

 

Using repurposed materials I create site-specific installations that embody transformation with a sense of decay, entropy and growth. Working with local partners, each installation begins with collecting and curating non-recyclable materials. Assembling these byproducts intuitively and methodically- I present new life in the material through detailed handcrafting, carefully re-ordering, and re-contextualizing.

 

Manipulating these products of industry into large-scale organic forms emphasizes both the beautiful intricacies in nature and the inorganic nature of the materials themselves. As I combine a large volume of repetitive, organic forms, my work naturally feels familiar yet otherworldly at the same time. I explore the concept of memory, focusing on the process of transformation, the exchange of information, and a collection of narratives.


I take the unassuming and create the unexpected- encouraging moments of curiosity and discovery and challenging the boundaries of the familiar, the natural, and the memory. My work opens possibilities of transformation- offering opportunities for sustainability, innovation and environmental and social justice.

© 2020 by Chelsea Gilmore, Sculpture and Installation Artist

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