Here is some beautiful work by Chelsea Brown. An artist based in San Francisco, her drawings and paintings are based around the supernatural, Native American and animals.
I asked Chelsea to tell me about her work, which she happily obliged:
Most of my work deals with supernatural themes inspired by myths, legends, spirits, cosmology and rituals. I am especially amazed by Native American spiritual culture and a lot of the research that informs my work begins there. There are so many interesting intricacies to their culture. For one thing, there is no separation between humans, animals and the earth. In some Native American languages, there is no word to differentiate ‘humans’ and ‘animals’ because they are in essence the very same thing. I find it fascinating that in many cosmology myths, it is an animal or a non-human phenomena that is responsible for creating the universe for all beings, instead of in many other ‘religions’ the creator is a man or some image of man creating the universe specifically for man.
Although each tribe has its own unique culture, there are some interesting ways in which tribes across North America are similar in their spiritual culture. Most tribes have some variation of a Vision Quest, which is a process wherein an individual seeks out their connection to the spiritual world. This process would yield a ‘spirit animal,’ or some kind of phenomena that became very personal, and would give that person strength and purpose through their lives.
Chelsea’s work is clearly informed, and shows without her explanation. The complex, multifaceted imagery has a beautiful sorrow to it.
All images via her website.