Cecelia Chapman is a visual artist working in many disciplines including video, painting, artists' books, drawing and writing.
She was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and Northern California Sierra wilderness, instilling in her a deep love of nature. Chapman went to New York at 18 and graduated from Parsons School of Design in graphic design. Her resume includes: Cultural Olympics, Mexico Bella’s Artes, The Exploratorium and working in fabric, rubber stamp design and advertising.
Her projects take on the narrative of her immediate environment and landscape, engaging a variety of media, ranging from video, design, painting and photography to book design. (Drone Drama 2016-2017, Club Paradise 2019-2020, Planet of Dreams 2021) Chapman is interested in consciousness and finding new visual and poetic possibilities.
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Her work has been exhibited locally and abroad, and published in many e-magazines online: VideoSound Archive, Die Leere Mitte (Berlin), Timespecific (New York), Cotuit Center for the Arts (Massachusetts), 8balltv.club (New York), Immemory online exhibit, Mitte Media Festival (Berlin), Hamburg Primal Uproar, DotsWaves TV (London), Studio44 Film Festival (Stockholm), Magmart Film Festival (Italy), Mogliano Veneto Asemic Exhibit (Italy), IX Biennale Internazionale Mail Art (Italy), Word for Word, Compostxt, Calamari, UnlikelyStories, Utsanga, Otoliths, Moving Poems, Interalia Magazine, New Post Literate, Arteidolia, Sein Und Werden, Zoomoozophone, Slowforward.
COMMENTS, REVIEWS VIDEO
Predawn and In My Dream of You: Jonathan Minton, Word for Word says, "Both of those films have a surrealist touch to them (Predawn reminded me of Lynch, which is of course a huge compliment) and "In My Dream of You" strikes me as retro, futurist, and contemporary all at the same time. You are very talented." Word for Word
Freedom Of Paper says about Devils Teeth, "That is a fierce score, and a hard watch: a simple story hidden in stylish visuals with a deafening sonic ‘element’. It feels like a music video, the kind of thing people ought to watch but which will probably be ignored. I only comment because I watched it three times, which seems necessary."
Litchaos about Dream Dance, "Another kickass short movie by Cecelia Chapman."
Houston Literary Review about her video: 34FATE video series, "Cece Chapman has discovered that the undiscovered country called consciousness resides in video, and she asks us to get up and dance to the whistling wind in the viewing room of Plato's cave while consciousness blinks its merry flicker on the wall. Indeed, with the metaphors, mirror, magic, shadow, and mystery, Chapman creates a skin for dreams to live in, a skin as thin as a digital shadow." About Night, Sleep& Dream video series, "Who's been spying on my dreams? Living on my computer, showing up in the weeds? The ticket, the departure, and yes, I've caught you, but what does it matter? You've gone again like my last layer of skin." About Whisperwish, "We do not think that Cece Chapman is currently studying Rainer Maria Rilke, but she seems to have captured a California Carnival version of The Duino Elegies in her photography and in her video." About Once, "The trajectory of the imaginary is like invisible lightning whose thunder echoes a presence of something other than what it becomes. Likewise, Cece Chapman shows us that our sense of the universe is often no more than what we make ourselves believe. We cling to once, the was that forever escapes us."
COMMENTS, REVIEWS WORKS ON PAPER
RE/Search publisher V. Vale about Adventuress graphic fiction, "I was very moved by your publication which is so beautiful."
Rural Messengers Press Michele McDannold, "...the most interesting work I've come across in a long time."
Unlikelystories editor J.Penton about Dive!Afrique and La Dama Says Yes, "eye candy, good stuff like that."
Enfuego editor Noelani Price, "We really enjoy your work, particularly the way you integrate images into your text, and felt Beachrocks was a great fit for our inaugural issue..."
Red Fez editor Leopold McGinnis about Blackmail, "I'd say all the editors in our graphic department are on board with publishing this. It's an energetic, vaguely sexual, erotic, naughty, but-can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it collection. Vibrant. In your face, but hidden. Overt, yet overtly denied."
Centrifugal Eye about Soul Cards, "... double meanings suit my agenda.”
Sein und Werden on ‘Update Design Book,’ “This is a subtle and convincing piece. Scarily believable. And on Tracks of your Dreams and Desires, This preserves its mystery no matter how much I squint at it.”
The California Printmaker 2000. C.C. Chapman’s cool blue monotype The Blue Pearl (Earth) seems to indicate both atmosphere, coded language and perhaps the fragile globe. Minimalized calligraphs are echoed across the color field.