Chelsea Selvan (b. 1997) is a mixed-media artist who graduated in 2019 with a BA Fine Arts (Honours) with distinction, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Having previously worked at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Wits Art Museum and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Selvan has a strong grounding in the art industry. These experiences have inculcated a keen interest in the way that various genres and mediums of art and performance can intersect in gallery and museum spaces. Selvan currently works as a Curator and Marketing Liaison for Latitudes Online.
Her own artistic practice embodies the sentiment of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s words, “I am a part of all that I have met”, and echoes throughout her explorative creative process.
Working with mixed media, collage, printmaking, immersive installations, poetry and photography, Selvan playfully creates an intricate and abstract collage of spaces, objects and moments that one engages with on a daily basis. Her process of creation is often triggered through the recollection of memories, home and the way she is touched by the world.
As a curator, Selvan is interested in cracking open a deeper understanding of the stories and meanings behind art that prompt us to challenge or reflect on our beliefs and view of the world.