Artist: Chelsea Blecha
Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic
Media: Paintings, Sketches
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
For the last artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea Blecha. Chelsea is going to graduate this spring with a BFA in illustration.Chelsea explained that she absolutely loved the time she has spent at CSULB. She explained that the Illustration department was a wonderful place for her to learn and grow her talents. She loves illustration and hopes one day to work as a concept artist for Pixar. Chelsea began drawing at a very young age because her mom is an artist too. Her mom has an awesome job of designing window displays for major retail stores such as Nordstrom’s and Macy’s.
Chelsea’s pieces consists of sketches, drawings and a unique piece, a skateboard. The sketches are done on drawing paper with colored pencils. Each sketch looks very realistic and is often shaded. Although some pages may contain many different sketches, each sketch looks real and lively. The drawings on display also look very lively as well. The hands, resembling the seven deadly sins, each look effortless but realistic. The skateboard is truly beautiful to see. The flowers that surround the skateboard look dream-like and resemble those in Alice in Wonderland.
Chelsea explained that she is often inspired by those around her and the places she travels. This is evident in her sketches redesigning the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. One of her favorite places in the world is San Francisco and so she has taken her favorite place as the setting for the new Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her drawings of building and sketches are of the possible set designs for the movie. She explained to us that the characters for this possible movie were also inspired by her friends. She has decided to reinvent this movie as practice for what she would like to do for Pixar. Her inspiration is also seen in her skateboard. She explained that she has always been a skater girl and always wanted to design her own skateboard. This school year she got the chance to reinvent her board and now she has many offers to customize other people’s boards.
Synthesis / My Experience
I think Chelsea was the best artist to end the semester with. She was so kind and had such a youthful presence. I loved the fact that she didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do and was open to any opportunities. I also really loved the way she wanted to reinvent the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies and the whole idea of making a modern version in such a cool city ,as San Francisco us something I would definitely be interested in seeing. Looking at her pieces of art, it was obvious she had a certain style. Her style really drew me in and know matter what the image was it looked beautiful and realistic. I really enjoyed getting the chance to look at her art.