In the Loop

BFA Drawing/Painting Solo Exhibition: First Generation by Chelsea Rowe

  • Date & Time
    • Saturday, April 18, 2015 6:45pm to 10:00pm

      Artist's Talk at 6:45 p.m., reception to follow

  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    Chelsea Rowe is a senior Drawing BFA student at the University of Florida originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. Past exhibitions include Whole Seniors Drawing Parts (Fall 2014), Beasts N’ Feasts (2014), Student Unjuried Show (2014) among others.

    Rowe Artist's Statement:

    Strong, generational matriarchs characterize my family. As the only daughter of an only daughter, there is an expectation for me to fill that role after my mother. I embrace this prospect with reverence, if not a little trepidation. I craft masks that embody essence of my family members, whether they are blood-related or my surrogate family of friends. These costumes are documented in performances, photo shoots and videos that serve as reference material for 2D works, which often have a textile-aesthetic. The process of crafting these costumes and adornments connects me to traditional “women’s work” of the matriarchs; however, the fantastical theatricality of the performance often shrouds the dark absurdity of the narratives, which undermines common notions of femininity.

    For further information, see her website: or email her at