Grand Valley State University
Chelsea Thompto is an artist living and working in Grand Rapids, MI and a Visiting Professor at Grand Valley State University in the Visual Studies studio area in the Visual and Media Arts Department.
Their practice is strongly rooted in their experience as a transwoman. Exploring gender identity, while a deeply personal process, is also an increasingly politicized act that informs her making. The prefix trans- is also a tactic and gesture they employ in their studio practice by moving ideas between and across materials and modes of working in order to explore form and concept. Within this transdisciplinary approach, intricate systems are employed to create visual form, articulate data, and allude to our habitual ordering of peoples and behaviors.