chelsea lee








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 till 3 in the morning, my face washed with sick blue light of screens, knowing I can’t tell anyone about this. This is not good. It’s notgood to walk into a room and only want to talk to people about Barbra Streisand's dogs (RIP Sammy.) 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 things I'm obsessed with aren'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.

Since 2013 I’ve gotten irrationally angry at people who don’t like Miley Cyrus (bangers 4 lyfe).

It’s not a good reaction, but I’m tired of feeling ashamed of what I’m a fan of. I’m tired of

pretending that there is good and bad popular culture. I’m tired of the

misconception that there is only one way to be an intellectual.

If I believe enough I might make the things I believe in true.

I think it’s going to be good this time.

recent projects


art farm

some images and insights from my time at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska with Ching-I Chang and Marsell Chavarria,

be her.jpg

Become her

Work and happening created for InLight 2018.


current obsessions

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