Chelsea Coon

Chelsea Coon (USA/Australia)

Chelsea Coon is an artist and writer whose work focuses on the shifting interconnections of the body, time, and space. She utilises endurance to reconsider limits of the body primarily through performance as well as installation, sculpture, painting, photography, video, and text. She has exhibited internationally in festivals, biennales, and galleries in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She received her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2012), MFA at Tufts University (2014), and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theatre, Performance and Contemporary Live Arts at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland (2015). Recent writings included her essay ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love: Transference, Pain, Endurance’ in Rated RX: Sheree Rose with and after Bob Flanagan (Ohio State University Press, 2020). She is a recipient of the Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography (2013), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2015), and the Australian Research Training Program Scholarship (2019- 2022). Coon is a PhD candidate in practice-led research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.


(5 mins) – video recording

Chelsea Coon
strangeness (2021)
Performance to livestream.
Duration: 5 minutes of 1 hour (non-stop). Digital. Colour. Sound.
Courtesy of the artist.

This performance reveals aspects of my body’s vulnerability in the precocity of pandemic-time. I sustain repetitive actions to pronounce the felt effects of this time in the context of sustained lockdowns where I live in Melbourne, Australia which feels like existing in a state of temporal suspension. This performance contemplates the dynamic ways experience of space, time, and the body continue to shift, and reflects on how extreme circumstances are endured.

Sun 21Nov – 3.30 pm