A person sitting on the floor in front of paintings.

Chasen Wolcott

Tournesol Award, 2018 - 2019

A portrait of a person sitting in front of paintings.

Artist Statement

I am a California native and a visual artist who works in drawing and painting. Driven by the inescapable qualities of the natural world, my work investigates the autobiographical translation of subject matter into a process of discovery through painted color and line. This collection also incorporates various artworks into my own mixed Native American and Mexican descent, as well as intersections with mythology. I grew up finding creative lines through surfing, skateboarding, and outdoor adventure, thriving in the angst of west coast storytelling culture. Living in locations from San Diego to Ventura, I recently migrated north and landed in San Francisco to receive my MFA, where I now live and work. I describe myself mainly as a painter, but I also explore sculpture, film, and photography from time to time. The speed of modern life allows me to translate whatever subject matter through confident brushwork and mark making into a pictorial playing field of unstaged intimacy.

While at Headlands

I want to extend my feelings about adrenaline, the ocean and the places I’ve seen or experienced. I plan to use various methods on paper and canvas that create flow in action painting. Recognizing the creative environment and progressive exhibition strategies to come together in one place.