Jocelyn Chemel


I was born in South Africa during the apartheid era. My earlier art reflects my interest in landscape. I used barbed wire in abstracted landscapes as a symbol of how people were kept out in a divided country. My recent work focuses on the shifting landscape of glaciers and what lies beneath. I use the landscape as a metaphor to draw attention to the instability and fragility of our world.

I have been a jewelry designer for 20 years. I am an art teacher, having taught decorative painting to adults and art to children.

I have taken many courses in design, digital photography and mixed media at the Museum of Fine arts School in Boston as well as courses at the Mass College of Art.

I use collage, digital photography, tape, paint and mark making to accentuate the layered nature of my work.


IG: @jocelyn_chemel