Chandra Kettlewell (b. 1984) is a local artist designing pieces full of movement and vibrancy. Her embrace of multiple mediums and application techniques leads to interesting textures and effects. This is especially true when her pieces are viewed from different angles and lighting. She began doing smaller, more traditional works years ago before embracing a more abstract style that conveys action and chaos. Her choice in combining inks, oils, acrylics, pouring mediums, joint compound, stucco, and multiple types of glitter provides a somewhat playful aspect to her work. But often the additional textures are used as a way to send another message, such as the process of decay, the timely effects of gravity, or the “feel” of a terrain. She continues to improvise and try new methods and mediums in almost every piece. This constant experimentation yields exciting results in every one of her works.
Her pieces tend to provoke a connection to a place or an item that has been weathered or forgotten, in addition to the interplay of light and the surrounding colors of the scene. She is influenced heavily by Monet, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, and Joan Mitchell who her work has been compared to by curators.
“I always have a general idea of what I would like to do, but it never ends that way. The process itself and switching things up always creates something that I didn’t see before I started. I have some general methods that I rely on to set the scene, but it is the unexpected and spontaneous events and movements during production that determine the final product. The most difficult part is knowing when the journey is complete and the message is there.”