Saturday, February 18, 2012


Some thoughts on my next project, an exhibit being put together by Adria Sutter.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

True crime

I'm a criminal. Not only has it been over a month since I posted, I'm also giving you an awful photo:
panthera leo (cowardly lion)
Consider it Exhibit A, an alibi. This piece is up right now in the annual Illustration Department Theme show at 301 Gallery, so you can take better look at it. When the show comes down, I'll also scan it in.

Speaking of Illustration Departments, I haven't yet mentioned that I am the new caretaker of the Wunderkammer, Montserrat College of Art's Natural Science collection. I'm trying to do right by my mentor, Elissa Della-Piana, and really cultivate a useful teaching library. In my cataloging I've found some really interesting items:
  • An articulated human foot
  • A taxidermy head of Paradisaea apoda, the Greater bird-of-paradise
  • A fawn's skull
  • A human sternum in a velvet-lined box
Also, in my personal natural science collection, I recently discovered this:

I found it on Block Island in 2008, but misidentified it as some sort of shell. Turns out, it's the tympanic bone from Physeter macrocephalus, the Sperm whale.

Anyway, more soon! I'm involved with a new project that I'll fill you in on soon. I'll just say that it involves pig intestines and masks.

xoxo Chelsea

Thursday, December 29, 2011


More later. Writing essays. Happy New Year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

small works

Hi friends.

Here's a couple of little pieces I put together for Porter Mill's first annual juried small works exhibition. Deadline's today, but if you have small works, you should submit! If your work sells you will receive 100% of the proceeds, which is stellar.

elephas maximus

phacochoerus africanus
I ran into both of these creatures on my recent Texas trip. Also, this guy:

Stay classy,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

microtus pinetorum

Hi again,

Some quick updates:

"The Beauty in the Beast: the Animal as Muse" is a show going up at Gallery Della-Piana (including the piece above by yours truly). The deadline for work has been extended to Saturday, so you should apply! If your work involves animals.

Also, good news! I am joining a group of artists to create a studio space in town. I'm looking forward to not having the cat and bunny distract me! (And also having the opportunity to work with such talented people.)

And Saturday I'll be traveling to Texas to take a look at a grad school. Last time I was there, I met this guy:
The Eastern Hognose Snake is a friendly little fellow, but if you bother him, he'll play dead and puke blood.
But Chris is coming with me and doesn't approve of snakes, so I can't keep such company this time. 

So, on to some work. Not sure about this little guy... this one has viscera involved, so if you choose, see more after the break.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

capreolus capreolus

Hi friends.

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, I'm sorry it took so long to post. However, as a bonus, I've included these process shots so you can get a look at how it was made.

hyperplasia (too big for your britches)

Friday, September 23, 2011

lynx rufus

gross trauma (blindsided)
DONE. Well, maybe. Maybe I'll add vellum ribbons coming from the paw, I don't know yet. I really like the separation there, and what it does for the composition. WE'LL SEE.

Speaking of seeing, I'm working on a potential exhibition right now with the fabulous Studios at Porter Mill! They are having their grand opening tomorrow from 2-8pm; some of my good friends from the sidebar have studios there, and they'll be open for prying eyes to see! Me and my eyes will be there, and I hope you can make it, too.