Chelsey Jean Wickens is graduating this year from AUArts. She is a 5th-year BFA, Drawing Major. Her work is an exploration of wilderness conservation and sustainability. As an interdisciplinary artist, the materials she uses reflect the context of her projects. Along with traditional media, she also uses found and handmade materials to create large-scale time-based installations exploring issues within the Canadian landscape.
During a years long intermission to her BFA, she traveled around Alberta and BC working as a medic and wilderness first aid instructor. She was pursuing a specialization in backcountry EMS and aquatic rescue. While working in remote areas she became even more connected with wildlife and landscapes. Her time in the wilderness inspired her to return to AUArts as a mature student, reconnecting her with her passions for conservation and environmental activist art. Her work is currently featured in the 2022 Fire Season 2 Art Journal, available as an e-book or in print @ https://fireseason.org/
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