about Chelsea Theilmann

about Chelsea Theilmann

I am an American artist currently based in London, obtaining my Masters in Painting at University of Arts London, Wimbledon College of Arts. I received my Bachelor of Science with degrees in biology, psychology and chemistry at the University of Denver in 2015. My practice includes paintings, immersive installation and sculptures.

 

My practice is informed by my every day experiences, and more often than not, my experiences with mental illness. My paintings are autobiographical, raw and honest depictions on how I navigate through life, my relationships and my personal struggles. My paintings cover the topics of pain, love, medication, power (or lack thereof) and the entire spectrum of mental health. My work portrays an intimate, and sometimes fragile narrative, it is both welcoming yet intrusive, my honesty renders me vulnerable, yet my depictions are confident and confronting. My paintings have an element of playfulness with the use of bright colors and glitter and are often put together in collage-work. Portraiture is painted monochrome to leave an element of ambiguity; I believe black and white can convey more emotion and deeper meaning while it also forces the viewer to add their own emotions to the painting. I want my personal imagery to be approachable and relatable and open up dialogue about otherwise stigmatized topics.