Chelsea Canavan is a multidisciplinary artist interested in belonging and using hyper-linked ecologies as ways to deconstruct narratives around society and relationships to spaces. Chelsea explores acts of agency, inclusivity, and interactions within the in-between and playful. Their practice is underpinned by a strong process-led and collaborative approach. They use methodologies that involve research and active learning, observation, documentation and collaboration; followed by reflection and (co-)production. Outcomes are rarely planned, but are always meticulously reflective of and shaped by research, group interaction and encountered spaces. Outcomes are equally informed by Chelsea’s own response to participants, past and present encounters, and reflection on the creative process itself.
They ask: How can agency and inclusivity use a multi-species perspective to view what is possible? What can we alter by advocating non-human agency? Where does the deconstruction of power and decolonisation bring us? Why do we reinforce differences and nationhood within belonging?
Chelsea’s practice is generously supported by the Arts Council, Creative Europe, the Limerick Arts Office, Creative Ireland, Centre for Creative Practices, Creative Schools 2022-23, TAP Residencies, BLAST Schools Residencies, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in ‘23, and the Ilen Community Engagement Programme. Chelsea is a member of the VAI, the Limerick Printmakers and has received a First Class Honours MA, in Social Practice and Creative Environment from Limerick School of Art and Design. Chelsea also is the lead artist for a National Children’s Charity, Helium Arts – @ the Limerick Health Hub.
Instagram: @chelsea_canavan , @waterpathsproject