Stealth 2015-2016 examines the war-like nature of our culture. And during the time I was working on Stealth I serendipitously found military war toys on the street and at work. Toys frame the construct of our minds and lives, and toys like the ninja and Wall-E will prepare you or your child for a life well-watched and aggressive attitude.
When I began Stealth I was thinking about the furtive, the secret, the deliberately disguised, the hidden and the camouflaged. I was thinking about the prehistoric shaman...how they were the first persons to camouflage themselves to hunt and stalk. The shaman was the guardian of the health, well-being and survival of their tribe. And, one of the toys I found resembled a ninja shaman. Birch panel, mineral pigment, acrylic, gesso, house paint, spray paint. Stand, hanging wire. 2014 - 2016. 8 x 12 in., 20 x 30.5 cm., and 24 x 24 in., 61 x 61 cm.
...from Discreet Entries, photographs from the temporary instagram journal and mail collaboration with Jeff Crouch. Jeff mailed me altered and marked material that I set up and photographed in small scenes, collaged with found objects. Taking the name, Discreet Entries, from the dictionary definition of diary, the images posted daily concern urgent contemporary issues. Here: health and environmental effects of fracking, strip mining, oil drilling.
http://the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/cecelia-chapman-and-jeff-crouch.html and http://compostxt.blogspot.com/2013/09/cecelia-chapman-jeff-crouch-discreet.html
Field Notes 2015, mixed-media, http://compostxt.blogspot.com/2015/06/cecelia-chapman-fields-notes.html
Club Paradise seeks to understand the deeper meaning of vacation culture. It considers certain existing fictions and fantasies about vacation, the use of memory to control capitalism, the colonization of vacation areas, worker migration, pervasive control of workers' minds, the selling of nostalgia and marketing of adventure absent in workers controlled lives.
Filmed in the vacation destination, Cape Cod and islands, where Wampanoag peoples lived in paradise 7,000 years before Europeans arrived. The vacation migration is compared to early nomadic tribes led by their shaman on the tracks of game. Only now the game pursued is a state of mind, a workers’ consciousness, tolerant of capitalist slavery.