Paper mâché sculptures from the brain of a wild woman.

Los Angeles, California | 65 Sales


Paper mâché sculptures from the brain of a wild woman.

Los Angeles, California 65 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on May 31, 2016

For more up to date stuff check out my Instagram @chelseabayouth!

Chelsea Bayouth

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A vacation to Mexico, 80's Creature Films and Saints.

When I was 16 I took a trip to Mexico with my then boyfriends family. I had never seen art like what I saw. Angel heads hollowed out of old coconuts, devils, animals, masks- all brightly painted, wabi sabi. You could see the stroke of the brush, a thumbprint in the clay, and on the unfinished back, the infrastructure of these dazzling pieces; cardboard, newsprint, fruit rinds. I was in love. It put art making in an entirely new light for me. If I loved these pieces I saw, other people did too. But it took until college for me to first experiment with papiermache. And it was like coming home to a place I hadn't know, I knew.

In the background I have always been captivated by the gritty creature flicks of my childhood; Troma, Henson, Froud, etc. While also smitten as hell by the imagery of iconic saints and angels by Sasetta, Blake, Dali, Magdalen Master, Bosch, Crivelli and the list goes on.

Using lowbrow, femmy folk art practices like papier-mâché and cardboard fabrication, I create expressive beasts and monsters from the recycled materials I collect. Being a person of many variations (Jim Carrey and Robins Williams, childhood idols of mine) the creatures I create convey a sound to the viewer by their often howling and creaturely faces. They appear in suspended animation, spell-frozen in a moment of their feralness, like the gargoyles from Hunchback of Notre Dame, or the subjects of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. In this imaginary world, I’ve created a space of transcendence, far from the politeness of everyday expression.

My creatures are overly morose, maniacally giddy and ecstatically ragefull. Rarely do their eyes track together, their wall-eyed droopiness lending another layer of the otherworldly, whether by drug induced divination or congenital defect, it is up to the viewer. In a sweeping statement my Mother has offered of my art and why I make it, better out than in!

I aspire towards the playful, I aim for macabre and I direct my art in whatever form it takes to the innate primal callings of the insanity we all possess but keep tightly and fervently muzzled!

I currently spend my days making puppets for television and film, and keeping my shop stocked by working away in my sun drenched home studio in Los Angeles.

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  • Chelsea Bayouth

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    Hello! I am an artist and writer from Los Angeles. I graduated CalArts in 2008. I make masks, sculptures and costumes of creepy animals and demons. I am a poet and puppet builder and I love to bake. To dig deep, follow me on Instagram @ChelseaBayouth

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