ARTIST STATEMENT

Jocelyn Chemel

 

 

 

 

The form and materials I choose reflect my fascination with the creation and dissolution of borders. My work frequently features abstracted barbed wire photographs, manipulated and adorned. Symbols of exclusion. Symbols of safety?

In the Mapping series I draw pictorial maps, creating worlds that combine elements from the fantastical to the ordinary, the playful to the ominous, always focusing on boundaries and borders and how they are manipulated.

Layering techniques using vellum and image transfer reveals the semi transparent   nature of boundaries. Similarly ink washes show that boundaries can be fluid and impossible to define. I also blur the boundaries between the digital and handmade, using mark making and digital photography. I manipulate the image to reveal how the digital world appears permanent, but in reality is vulnerable to alteration.