Chelsea Lehmann: Statement
Gesture Exhibition Statement
This series of paintings is concerned with the body as a constantly changing and evolving entity, both physically and socially. My curiosity lies in the intersection of personal experiences of intimacy and desire with the tumultuous realities of our contemporary world – shaped by pandemic, ecological concerns, and social inequalities. Through the application of diverse paint viscosities and layering techniques, I explore the transformation and suppression of physical forms within chaotic environments, suggesting a continuous negotiation between inner and outer pressures. As fluid and ephemeral postures unfold amidst this turbulence, echoes of historical art forms intermittently surface and dissolve, emphasising the mutability of bodily forms.