Chelsea Raflo (b. 1986, Atlanta, Georgia) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring how symbols and personal narratives are created and experienced through different mediums. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Kenyon College, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Florida State University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across Atlanta and the southeast, including the High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, Barbara Archer Gallery, Whitespace Gallery, the Swan Coach House Gallery, Beep Beep Gallery, MINT Gallery, and the Aqua Art Fair at Miami Art Basel in 2015. She was an inaugural recipient of the Leap Year mentorship and fellowship program created by MINT Gallery in 2012, and a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award in 2013. She was a 2017-2018 Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently works as a studio artist out of The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA.
I am a new media artist and animator, though my creative process is rooted in drawing, painting, and thinking by hand. Conceptually, I am interested in ways of visualizing what we cannot physically see: psychosomatiscapes (a word I made up to describe landscapes of the interior world), possible futures, gut feelings, and stacked odds. I like to play with language and cultivate a sense of the poetic within my work.