Faculty of Art
“My bones remind me that I have been a part of this land before and that they have laid in this ground many times over, my knowledge and inner understanding of land feels far too great to have come from this life time alone. I have come to believe that the reason I feel this way might be because of my ancestors holding me and guiding me, a part of them is within me coursing through my veins. All My Relations has become a series dedicated to them, to all those who have come before me and to the ones that walk with me currently. The notions of my homeplace, family, and my family’s heritage with a core concept of “all my relations” are the driving forces in my work. Through the use of natural materials such as rocks and soil from my homeplace I am rediscovering and strengthening my connections to ancestors and land. ”
Chelsea Smith is a visual artist from the small Northern town of Englehart, Ontario. She completed her undergrad in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in May 2020. While at OCAD U she completed her thesis where she focused on the topics of place and ancestral heritage through the exploration of natural and handmade earth pigments she has foraged from within her homeplace and surrounding area. Chelsea is continuing to develop her creative process and research by documenting the nature that surrounds her through photo and video as well as collecting materials for paint making.
Drawing and Painting
Major Completed, 2020
Painting Rock Collecting and Paint Making