Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:44PM
Known primarily for her photography American multi-disciplinary artist Chelcie S Porter began photography at the age of six. She grew up in an unconventional family of fashion models, artists, performance artist and photographers. Surrounded by art she has almost always lived a nomadic lifestyle. Her work is largely documentary in nature focusing on themes of feminism, violence, gay/lesbian culture, the African diaspora and self-exploration. Working in New York with photographer Udo Spritzenbarth as a fashion model inspired her to take control of creating her own images of herself. Her first exhibition, a series of self-portraits, was held at the Wisconsin State Department of Art and exhibited powerful images of a young black woman rejecting Westernized ideals of beauty. She attended Kendall College of Art and Design but dropped out her senior year to open a contemporary art gallery in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is at this time that she began curating, painting and jewelry design. Chelcie has gone on to work as a photographer, writer and vlogger for several publications including ChicagoNow, RedEye and Potent Magazine. She has hosted and facilitated numerous successful political art events in Chicago such as Savoir Faire: LGBTQ festival and the Anti-Violence Drum Circle. In 2010 she produced her first photography book Wabi Sabi, A Series of Fine Art Female Nudes. She continues to live a nomadic lifestyle having lived in and visited more than 10 countries in the past 3 years. She is currently working on photography, video, performance and radio projects, documenting her travels in her upcoming book Travel Therapy and a series on Rastafari culture.