Strange Love 2017. Is there a more enigmatic species? Humans have been fascinated by them and cultivated them for thousands of years. They orchestrate a dance of sex and death through complex strategies of attraction to ensure survival. Orchids are the earth’s most rapidly evolving species.
Design is our way of attracting fate and Orchids speak the Asemic language. I have drawn their enigmatic markings for years and they appear in two of my videos. To read more go to the links below.
Orchid Farm 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79TkypUuYzw
Drone Drama: Music for the Dead 2016: Chapter 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5iXzdIyWrY
6 drawings on Lanaquarelle paper, gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 9 x 12 in., 23 x 30.5 cm. https://www.interaliamag.org/emerging-ideas/cecelia-chapman-strange-love-2017/
In the drawings @semi@, @lph@w@ves, medit@tion 2018, I wanted to produce Alpha state, the middle of the brain wave spectrum, considered the healthiest wave range.
I used asemic drawing / writing, which, with it’s lack of message and rhythm, is conducive to Alpha state. Using the @ in the title I wanted to indicate brain states are ‘places’ a person can go to. To read more go to the link below.
Strathmore paper, gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 11 x 14 in., 28 x 35.5 cm. https://the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/cecelia-chapman.html and in print http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-young-editor/otoliths-issue-fifty-part-two/paperback/product-23772836.html
Club Assassin 2017 dwells on the fact we are all complicit in organized killing, using the Syrian word ‘assassin’ in the title, and the image of the endangered Syrian national bird. 3 drawings on Arches paper, watercolor, gouache, personal rubber stamps, digital print, graphite. 8.5 x 11 in., 21.5 x 28 cm. the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/cecelia-chapman.html
ViperDown from Stealth 2015-2016 examines the war-like nature of our culture. Photographs of the panels with childrens’ war toys I found while working on Stealth. Birch panel, mineral pigment, acrylic, gesso, house paint, spray paint. Stand, hanging wire. 2014 - 2016. Some sold, originally 4 large, 4 small panels 8 x 12 in., 20 x 30.5 cm., and 24 x 24 in., 61 x 61 cm. http://thenewpostliterate.blogspot.com/2016/03/asemic-writing-camouflage-from-cecelia.html
Two Club Paradise mail collaboration books 2019. Postcards 4 x 6 in., personal photographs, found images, laminated printed cover 5 x7 in.
In Posted, Rafael González, in Tenerife, Spain, returned seven postcards I sent to him from Massachusetts describing his vacation. Or has he? We can not know if his written words are truth, memory, or dream.
Sent, postcard messages from Jeff Crouch in Texas are a secret story without beginning or end. What are the motives of writer and recipient? The writing on the back of the cards suggest a narrative different from the usual holiday tourist seeking memories to consume later. To read more go to the links Sent, http://www.unlikelystories.org/content/sent and Posted, https://www.utsanga.it/cahpman-gonzalez-works/
Endgame2 2017 reflects on war arts glorified and embedded in human culture. It employs kung fu animal stance titles, camouflage markings, and the ambiguity of asemic writing to consider that the ultimate goal of the military-industrial complex is ambiguity, instability and no end to the game. 4 drawings on Lanaquarelle paper, watercolor, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 9 x 12 in., 23 x 30.5 cm. http://the-otolith.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/cecelia-chapman.html
Asemic Cartoons 2016, Named ‘cartoons’ as in rough drawings for a final painting. Canson paper, watercolor, pigment print, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 8 x 10 in., 20.5 x 25.5, image size 6 x 6 in., 15 x 15 cm. https://www.utsanga.it/chapman-works/ and https://issuu.com/zoomoozophone_review/docs/zr8
Asemic Cartoons 2016, Named ‘cartoons’ as in rough drawings for a final painting. Canson paper, watercolor, pigment print, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 8 x 10 in., 20.5 x 25.5, image size 6 x 6 in., 15 x 15 cm. https://www.utsanga.it/chapman-works/
In Ultima Thule: Horizon, Border and Limits 2018, we see a murky silhouette of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft with fantasized sweeping searchlight and dropped ladder in the ancient imaginary horizon of early sailors. NASA’S vehicle began exploration of the Kuiper Belt object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, on Jan. 1, 2019, the ‘most primitive world’ ever observed, the farthest visit in history.
These drawings grow from concern about geo-political complexities associated with "borders,” and the heated race to colonize space. To read more go to the link below.
6 Digital Prints from Lanaquarelle paper, watercolor 10 x 14 in., 26 x 36 cm. gouache, personal rubber stamps, graphite, ink. https://www.utsanga.it/chapman-ultima-thule-horizon-border-and-limits-2018/ and https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2018/08/cecelia-chapman.html