Chelsea Lee is an artist currently living in Richmond Virginia. She is a recent graduate of the Craft/Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a graduate assistantship for three semesters. She was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she grew up in an artist’s home. Lee graduated with a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in 2010. Lee’s work has been exhibited in the InLight 1708 Gallery exhibition in Richmond Virginia, the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She currently teaches art foundations classes at Virginia Commonwealth University and ceramic courses at Old Dominion University.
I’m the kind of person who accidentally stays up bleary eyed till 3 in the morning, my face washed with sick blue light knowing I can’t tell anyone about this. This is not good. It’s not GOOD to walk into a room and only want to ask people how they feel about Natalie Portman (overrated). It’s not good to sit down at a table of colleagues and ask them what they think Justin Bieber is doing right now.
It’s not good.
It’s nothing to be proud of.
I make work in dedication to the things I want to believe in. I want to believe that the modern pop culture I'm obsessed with isn’t completely harmful, I want to believe that Kanye West is a genius and I want to believe that Kim Kardashian’s ass is real. I want to believe that my beliefs can become real.
Since 2013 I’ve gotten irrationally angry at people who don’t like Miley Cyrus (bangers 4 lyfe).
I get a sick feeling in my gut when I see the way people look at me once they know what kind of culture I’m into. I’m tired of feeling ashamed. I’m tired of pretending that I’m intellectual in the same way that other people are.
If I believe enough I can push that sickness out into the work I make. I think it’s going to be GOOD this time.