Chelsea Petrakis is a photographer, dancer, and performance artist in Portland, Oregon. She is interested in the body, identity, place, voice, gesture, story, and improvisation at the intersection of all things. She makes photographs, dances, songs, text, and video that investigate action/stillness, desire, and embodied states.
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.
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. Last fall, 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. Most recently, 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.