Artist Chelsea Cater is interested in how humble materials can be made to activate space, and how objects can be rendered somewhere between depiction and abstraction. These transformations affect how she sees three- and two-dimensional work as distinct but interacting enterprises which feed into an understanding of surfaces. Land masses, texture, topography, and mass are metaphors, which she pulls from to contemplate objects and render them accordingly or against observation. A pile of clothes becomes a mountain in the terrain of a room, not a still life so much as a changeable part of a given space. Says Cater of this notion, “we are constantly altering the texture of our lives as we live our days, and the rooms and spaces we inhabit reflect the stasis and flux of routine, how we imprint objects around us, and observe or imagine the surfaces of things.”
Cater has shown in group exhibitions at sla307, 6Monthspace, and David Zwirner Gallery in New York, and at the Palmer Gallery at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.