Chelsea Culprit’s work entangles representations of the body’s capacity for work, play, display, expression, the performed authenticity of identity, and the intractability of freedom and personal bondage. Moving freely between the pictorial imagery of folk art and the materiality of the real world, Culprit’s works are composed of feelings as much as descriptions. Working variously with painting, neon light, sculptural assemblage, and installation, her work uses a composite approach to translate the ideologies of female identity.
Chelsea Culprit (b. 1984 in Paducah, KY) lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. Recent solo exhibitions include Fear of Seduction, Queer Thoughts at Maureen Paley, London, UK (2019); DMing Purgatory, New York, NY (2018); Fishnets, Uma Certa Falta de Coerencia, Porto, Portugal (2017); Right to Remain Elegant, Galeria La Esperanza at Barba Azul, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); and Miss Universe, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico (2016). A selection of group exhibitions include Princesses de Villes, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France (2019); Paint Also Known As Blood, curated by Natalia Sielewicz, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2019); Call Giovani, curated by Dorothea Dupuis, Revolver Gallery, Lima, Peru (2018); Dwelling Poetically, curated by Chris Sharp, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2018); Pintura Reactiva, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); and Breaking Shells, curated by Justine Do Espirito Santo, The Koppel Project, London, England (2018).