Ones to Watch: Chelsea Lehmann


The dark baroque style of painter Chelsea Lehmann calls into question the immutability of the painting surface. Having recently completed her PhD with an exploration of the retrospective activation of the painted surfaces, her practice is underscored by intellectual and technical rigour, as she blends traditional techniques with technologies typically used for art conservation. Chelsea’s works are made up of additions as much as they are of erasures, blurring the line between process and final product. This constant push and pull between creation and censorship reflects the tangled abundance of the baroque period, with themes that dance on the edge of the sinister and the religious.

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