Chelsea Petrakis is a fine art, portrait, and event photographer specializing in creating dance, theater, and performance imagery.
As a dancer and performance artist, she is interested in the body, memory, fantasy, place, voice, gesture, story, and improvisation at the intersection of all things.
Chelsea is a graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA in Photography (2008). She has been photographing local artists and documenting live dance and performance since 2008. A long-term project with her HOLGA camera has acted as an open journaling process, that is constantly evolving her questions around creative practice and photographic desire. This is in turn, has led to investigations of photo making in partnership with dance improvisation forms, asking the question, How does embodied awareness, perception, and desire manifest photographic outcomes?
She has performed in works by Linda Austin, Dora Gaskill, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim; in theatrical improvisation ensembles; and as a member of the community singing group and contemporary music performance ensemble, CHOIR, led by Jesse Mejía. In 2016, Chelsea was honored to perform in Dora Gaskill’s S-Words at Performance Works NW, and as a part of Linda Austin’s The last bell rings for you at Shaking The Tree Theater in Portland, OR. She was invited to collaborate with Dora in her Spring 2017 Residency at New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) in Portland, OR. Their work culminated in a piece entitled What am I? / Becoming or Duet Duet which premiered at the N.E.W. Residency Showcase in May 2017.