2014 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Chelsey VanderVliet

Jersey City NJ USA
http://www.chelseyvandervliet.wix.com/chelseyvandervliet
Fascinated by the notion of performance in everyday life, this body of work reflects identity’s transformative potential due to social context, bias, and self-awareness. In the presence of others we claim a sense of adaptability, manipulating ourselves into ascribed personas, or exaggerated personalities often perpetuated by our subconscious. This begs the question of whether one can ever have a single, true sense of identity, or if the seemingly “artificial” personas we conform to are any less real in comparison. Using the form of the album cover, alongside aesthetics embraced by the indie rock music scene, I have developed a series of self-reflexive portrayals in response to this question. Appropriating tropes common to this format and a visual style notorious for a representation of “artfulness,” I seek to suggest a relationship between performance, artifice, and identity. The confining template, coupled with text serving the purpose of self-critique through fictitious band names and album titles results in a rigid space of contemplation, inevitably provoking viewers’ perceptions regarding identity. The imagery ─ often including myself as a model, or items specific to my life ─ is meant to evoke a semblance of each persona while the text serves as dialogue and context. Both text and imagery are based upon experiences and memories, filtered through my own bias and self-awareness. The multiple personas are meant to overwhelm the viewer as to whether or not all or just one is “real.”
© Chelsey VanderVliet | So Foolish II 4531
2014 Photography | So Foolish Ii
Archival pigment print mounted to dibond, 12.5 X 12.5, 2014
© Chelsey VanderVliet | Selective Indifference I 4532
2014 Photography | Selective Indifference I
Archival pigment print mounted to dibond, 12.5 X 12.5, 2014
© Chelsey VanderVliet | Do You Want A Kid's Menu? I 4533
2014 Photography | Do You Want A Kid's Menu? I
Archival pigment print mounted to dibond, 12.5 X 12.5, 2014
© Chelsey VanderVliet | Straight Laced Girls II 4534
2014 Photography | Straight Laced Girls Ii
Archival pigment print mounted to dibond, 12.5 X 12.5, 2014