Chelsea Markuson’s installations and performances combine cultural identity, generational history, and the processes that enable them as ways to contemplate the political, social and cultural traumas of our time. Exploring site-specificity, historical memories, performative actions reminiscent of ritual become intertwined with personal memories of the how and when and here and now, giving the subject of memory and healing form.
Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, internationally and nationally at venues including the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, Carnegie Center Of Art and Art History in New Albany, Indiana, 333 Midland in Detroit, Michigan, and Pilotenkueche Studios, Leipzig, Germany. She has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Frank and Adelaide Kussy Memorial Scholarship for research in genocide studies. Recently, she was award the Susan and John Berding Award for Outstanding MFA prize by Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, curator at Albright-Knox Gallery.
Chelsea completed her MFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University where she received numerous fellowships and grants for her visions, creative actions, and speculative conclusions realized.