Chelsey Foulk is a multi-medium and experienced artist originally from Northwest Nebraska specializing in oil paintings. Despite graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan with a Bachelors in Fine Art, she pursued a career in Marketing/Graphic Design while painting on the side. Three years ago, after having some success through commissions, she relocated to Austin to professionally pursue her passion in art. Her personal vision and style for her paintings is an uncommon blend that stems from her admiration of French realist painter, Gustave Corbet and conceptual minimalist, Sol Lewitt. In her first and still growing series, "Strings," she attempts to combine the two worlds into a style thats completely her own.
Chelsey Foulk, a multi-disciplined artist from Nebraska specializing in oil paintings, first began creating the "String Series" while obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. The methodology and focus of each finished piece provides an interpersonal exploration and intrapersonal reflection.
By using oil paints as an adhesive, a plain white string is bound to a blank canvas, then manipulated with a brush into a moderately premeditated path. Once started, the string begins a natural cadence back and forth across the canvas to its end. Each path becomes a new layer, still derivative from the same string and style, but different in execution, application, time, and color. Layer by layer the strings work their way on and off the canvas, integrating different paths, becoming an entangled web of creative integration and inclination. The final layer of paint is applied without the string. Depending on the vision, the final layer is stylistically applied for contrast and unification; however, figuratively acts as a veil, hiding and concealing the paths on the canvas as well. Later, upon canvas homeostasis, the web is removed by carefully pulling the string apart from the canvas.
Metaphorically, the string is a representation of choice and its endless possibilities...sometimes earned, other times given. Each string's sojourn interacts and manipulates the others, a butterfly effect mirroring all of our interactions. The different layers of colors and pathways add dimension and understanding to help differentiate free will. The painting exposes itself through the process of pulling the string away from the canvas. Only by removing the string is the transparent sensation of self revealed.
Artist Chelsey Foulk plans to grow and develop the "String Series" into an interactive setting. Works will be created for viewers to interact, actively removing the string themselves. Doing so creates the experience/reflection Chelsey desires, but also focuses on the individual as part of the creative process
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