Chelsea Thompto

  • Chelsea Thompto (Photo credit: Jennifer Bastian)
  • Chelsea Thompto (Photo credit: Jennifer Bastian)
  • Chelsea Thompto (Photo credit: Jennifer Bastian)
  • Chelsea Thompto (Photo credit: Jennifer Bastian)
  • Chelsea Thompto (Photo credit: Jennifer Bastian)

Thompto’s practice is strongly rooted in her experience as a transwoman. The act of transitioning, while a deeply personal process, is also a politicized act—throwing into sharp relief the inadequacies of her learned perspective of gender as binary system. This can be seen as an entry point into her work; how a binary system of gender identity fails to describe our lived experiences and puts non-binary people at risk of violence and discrimination.

Throughout her work, intricate and deliberate systems (numerical and otherwise) are employed to create visual form, articulate data, and to allude to our habitual ordering of peoples and behaviors. Creating the works within a structured system allows for the a metaphor to form which allows the visual structure of the work to speak to the social and political structures to which she is responding.

Thompto received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has previously exhibited at Public Space One (Iowa City), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago); and Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY).

CSArt Madison 2017

Only 50 shares are available in 2017, and each artist's work is exclusive to CSArt Madison, so don't delay! A full share ($300) includes 10 works by 10 local artists: Faisal Abdu'Allah, Katharine DeLamater, John Hitchcock, Helen Lee, J. Myszka Lewis, Dakota Mace, Jason Ruhl, Chelsea Thompto, Bernadette Witzack, and Ariel Wood. You can purchase your share online below or stop by the gallery during regular hours to purchase by check. Click here for complete information about CSArt Madison 2017.

2017 CSArt Madison

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

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