CHELSEA ROGERS

Indian Yellow, Cadmium, Indigo, varied dried material, water, gum arabic on wood panels, 78 x 48 inches, 2020

Indian Yellow, orange paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Indian Yellow (detail), orange paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Cadmium, beet paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Cadmium (detail), beet paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Indigo, cornflower paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Indigo (detail), cornflower paint on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches, 2020

Artist Statement

The variety of paint colors available today can often be taken for granted. The earliest paints consisted of only red, yellow, and black hues made from ground up earth minerals. As time went on there was a desire for more color, for brighter colors that changed the paint making process. This desire was fueled by the onset of global trade and scientific development that often resulted in toxic paints and exploitation of humans and animals. This is not a period issue, it is one that is deeply rooted in the paint making industry.

In my project I am exploring the toxic history of paint by looking at three specific paints and how their resources were historically collected. Each image depicts the toxic conditions in which the material is cultivated. By replacing the toxic original pigment with naturally sourced and home-made paint I am attempting to remove the toxicity in my depictions and return to the origins of paint making. The material depicted in each image is included below the paintings in order to contextualize the effort made to retrieve them.



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