Chelsea Rowe

Chelsea Rowe (she/her) is an artist and jeweler originally from the Midwest. Currently based in Richmond, Virginia, she is a Craft/Material Studies Graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Rowe completed her BFA in 2018 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths. Participation includes Radical Jewelry Makeover: Artist Project and EM Student VCU Chapter Co-Chair.

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Exaggerated Self-Portrait

Date of Creation: March 1, 2023

List of Materials: Recycled foam, cotton, wood

Dimensions: 4x4x1'

Photographer's Name: Manavi Singh

Conceptual Statement: My work engages human nature’s desire to connect. Through making, I explore how objects act as intermediaries between people. This work reflects on the delicate balance and navigation that happens when we intertwine our lives with others. I lean into the foam bosom and am reminded of support from my family. I feel the soft textures and smell the fading residues of loved ones. I explore invisible threads I still feel tethering me to the people I have lost. Their physical evidence and presence are witness to the connections I still have to loved ones and want to hold onto. My family and identity are embodied in this piece that invites the audience to rest for a moment.

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