Abstract painter, Chelsea Jodoin, says that before she pursued a BA in fine arts she was the quiet type; the main reason why her first solo exhibition – at Centre culturel de Cornwall – is titled Extroversions.
Chelsea explains the transformation was due, in part, to discovering painting. But enriched by educators who encouraged experimentation without constraint.
So it appears that for this person who had never – until university – picked up a paintbrush, “pushing boundaries” has become the lightning rod of her passion for colour, for composition and for imaginative vistas that can surprise and delight.
Drawing inspiration from literature, poetry and music she enjoys, Chelsea reminds me that:
“Everything representational, from paintings to poems, are inherently abstract.”
So her goal is to keep painting as a process of self-discovery.
Comfortable and aware that not everyone relates easily to abstract art, Chelsea laughs and says she often warns people: “Don’t think you’re coming to look at flowers or pretty pictures.”
So I’m curious about what drives her.
“Instinct. Some days you just get in the groove and BAM (!) it works. You’re amazed at yourself, you feel the colour and you feel strong and confident.”
The evidence is certainly there. There’s a sense of urgency in some of her brush strokes. And some seem to say “come with me.”
As we wrap up our discussion, I tell Chelsea I think she’s brave.
“Painting brought me out of myself, and ‘who you are’ is what an artist has to think about. I have opinions. There’s a part of me on these canvases.”
The acrylic and oil works on display in the gallery’s Corid’art (124 rue Anthony, Cornwall) can be viewed throughout January.
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