by Chelsy Billips
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Inspiration for Untitled
“Untitled” is a very personal piece of mine. I started the painting two years ago while I was attempting to create a flower painting for my mother. I made mistake after mistake, and then decided to just go with it. A year later I went through some health issues. I was to have a cardiac ablation to correct my severe SVT. I was scared to death. Before the surgery, I spent a great deal of time mentally preparing for the ablation. During my time of mental preparation, I was rummaging through old paintings. I came across the “abstract flower” and decided it looked like what I thought the ablation process would look like from an internal perspective. It just needed to be reworked in order for it to truly represent my cardiac ablation. I went back into the painting and made new lines, swirls, shapes, and color. After much frantic emotional dumping, my painting was finally complete. I felt a bit better about my upcoming surgery, because now I could grasp a visual idea of what the process might look like from an abstract perspective. I title this painting “untitled” because it has represented different ideas throughout its lifetime.
I am an artist by the name of Chelsy Billips. I am studying to become an art teacher at Lansing Community College. I plan to transfer to Central Michigan University in the fall of 2011. I enjoy all forms of artistic expression, but mostly spend my time as a painter. I discovered my artistic interest at a very young age. I turned that spark of interest into something more around the age of sixteen. Now my life seems to almost completely revolve around artistic creativity. I truly believe in the healing power of art. Not only is artistic expression positive for the artist, but for the viewer as well. I feel as though art has carried me through some of the deepest and darkest trenches, as well as the bright and glorious times of my life and will continue to do so.