Assembled using video, sound and found objects, Comellas constructs psychological spaces for the viewer to explore a variety of concepts. Her work employs an interdisciplinary approach to art making that moves between sculpture and multimedia installation projects.
In 2014, Comellas developed a series of interactive pop-up events called Assembly Is Required. These participatory art exhibitions connect artists with the community through the process of shared art making. AIR events invite the participants into artist studios, galleries, and community settings relying on artist and guest interactions to assemble a temporary installation that evolves over time at each site.
In this exhibition, Comellas invites the viewer to take part in DIY behaviors where “individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment.” *
This installation is offered up as an opportunity for the viewer to contemplate the political nature of what it means to “Do It Yourself” in that it offers an alternative to modern ideas of consumption.
Chalet Comellas is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Art at Florida State University. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Tampa.
She has performed and exhibited her work nationally; select exhibitions include: Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA (2016), InLight Richmond, Richmond, VA (2014, 2016), Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York (2013), and Fountain Art Fair, Miami, FL (2012).
Comellas has collaborated with several artist collectives over the past few years, creating works that can be described as immersive, socially engaged environments. She has also coordinated and volunteered with large-scale community outreach projects, which provide both aesthetic and community building improvements, including The Konbit Shelter Prototype (2012, Braddock, PA), a sustainable building project with the collective TRANSFORMAZIUM and The Shelter Project (2011, Tallahassee, FL), a homeless shelter beautification project with artist SWOON.
*Wolf & McQuitty (2011). Understanding the Do-It-Yourself Consumer: DIY Motivation and Outcomes. Academy of Marketing Science Review