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 not
good 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.
In October of 2018 I traveled to Marquette, Nebraska with Ching-I Chang and Marsell Chavarria, dancers I connected with at VCU to participate in an artist residency. We collaborated on a performance at the end of our week, met some wonderful people, and looked out onto the vast expanse of flat land.