My primary motivation behind Hello Chelsart is to celebrate the human connection with nature by showcasing natures own designs in conjunction with my artworks. I aim to uncover the unseen and disregarded treasures in nature that are often overlooked in daily life. My work serves to advocate that there is hidden beauty in nature that can come from unusual and forgotten places. Mindfulness found at my feet, I often refer to.
My 'canvas' is nature's by-product. My seedpods are by design the discarded husks that protect the seeds inside, and due to this, I am free to experiment and paint without wasting materials. If an artwork doesn't work out (and this often happens when working with uneven and rough objects), I just discard it into the garden, or green waste bin and let it break down. Thereby, reducing my impact on the environment as art can often impact upon.
Over nine years, I studied a Bachelor of Multimedia, a Bachelor of Environmental Design and finally, my Masters of Architecture on the Gold Coast. During my studies, I was fortunate enough to learn about Biomimicry and experiment with the concept in my assignments. (Biomimicry being the principles of nature-inspired principles incorporated into the design).
While completing a particular assignment in Architecture, as a way to relax from the grueling hours of projects, I would often take a break and go to the beach and collect driftwood sticks, shells, banksia pods etc. and bring them home and sort them into boxes and study their shapes. I incorporated their forms into a design for an architectural building. Studying design in its many different media and forms developed a meaningful and lasting relationship which I continue to experiment with today.