In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).
This week’s focus is on artist, Chelsea Mosher.
Mosher approaches her photographic process through an experiential investigation of the sensory-altering and ever-changing Southern California landscape. Her photographs are primarily black and white silver gelatin prints produced with traditional analog photographic techniques, offering a physicality to the object that echoes her somewhat tactile mode of conceptualization toward subject matter.
The works to be exhibited in “YEAR 1” come from Chelsea’s most recent body of work, Winters Lane. In these photographs, Mosher directly engages the drought in Southern California and the effect this will have on agriculture and citrus, specifically. After relocating to Southern California from Portland, Oregon, Chelsea began a three year search for the quickly disappearing aroma of the Orange Blossom, one that was once omnipresent in the southland. Heading East, she finally located the smell within Riverside County, and followed it South into the Anza Borrego Desert. Knowing that the drought must be spelling an eventual end to the citrus farming in California, Mosher, through the photographs taken on her sensory journeys inland, ponders the physically changing landscape and an almost psychedelic olfactory experience that is breathing its final gasps in our local environment. Likening her images of fallen fruit to Roger Fenton’s famous photograph Valley of The Shadow of Death, depicting jumbled piles of spent cannon balls in the aftermath of the Crimean War, Winters Lane becomes a heartfelt symbol of a fleeting existence in an enthralling yet futile landscape.
Chelsea Mosher is a recent MFA graduate from California State University, Long Beach. she completed her graduate work under the advisement of current Guggenheim Fellow and Professor Mark Ruwedel, Professor Rebecca Sittler Schrock and Professor Bryan Crockett. Mosher was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony in recognition of her graduate work. She currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.