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jocelyn chemel

Newton, MA

Jocelyn Chemel is a Boston-based artist who has been using mixed media for many years.  Having been a decorative painting teacher she learned many painting techniques and  likes to layer pieces using collage, transparent papers, printing and digital photography.

After taking many courses at Mass College of Art and the Museum School, Boston, she strives to create art that stretches the boundaries of the mediums used.  Having been born in South Africa, and growing up there during the years of apartheid, she is sensitive to what lies beneath and what is not spoken. 

Using layering in her art is a way to peek into the world below, often using glitter, pearls and  rhinestones to draw attention to ugly violent subjects.  She uses barbed wire as a symbol of aggression of people towards other people.  Her new collection  which is photography of flowers during this COVID era  reflects the dislocation of nature.  The fragility of the dandelion played out the way by being rearranged  into a square.  Things are not where they should be.

 She has had many exhibitions in Boston and South Africa,most notably a solo exhibition at City Hall in Boston that was  positively reviewed by Kate McQuaid from the Boston Globe.


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