Ophelia M. Chambliss
My growth as an artist can be seen in the evolution of my process, color palette, and mediums. My work has grown, evolved, advanced, and sometimes, withdrawn, while staying centered around the human condition, and expression from society around me.
Today, I see my work as being on a more purposeful mission. I paint concepts and ideas rather than things. I paint what I call a “visual rhetoric”, which addresses “the concerns of what can be” through rhetorical concepts as visual images. I feel that art is powerful, art inspires. Art is a means of Persuasion, Translation, and Education.
"Art is a tool, a techne, and for some, it is a language."
As a public artist and muralist, I pride myself in working with different stake holders with a common goal to build community round art. I work to make collaboration, ownership and a belief in the process and production part of the final piece of art. I currently have approximately 25 pieces of art located in public spaces in York, Adams, Lancaster, and Dauphin Counties in Pennsylvania.
As an Academic, I have been addressing the issue of “What is Black art?”. Is it defined by the cultural content of the art, or the ethnicity of the artist? Much of my work straddles these two distinctions and challenges the limitations that are thrust upon being either. I try to work within the representations of culture, and the Black American Experience, while creating art that is stylized beyond a cultural racial distinction. Additionally, I have been exploring the representation and semiotics of Black Art as it is archived and historically defined.
"I am very proud to be a professional artist who works with passion and purpose to their work. " —Ophelia M. Chambliss