My name is Chelsea Southard.

That’s my bike next to me, her name is The Phoenix.

We ride the world together building art, sharing story,

creating relationships, pushing borders

and inspiring others.

Chelsea_Phoenix

Unus Mundus Project is the name under which I live and create.

I seek to synchronize Art, Travel and Exchange

in hopes to help tell the greater narrative of our one world.

Slowly, I will circle this planet leaving installations zigzagged in my wake.

Pillars to this great adventure.

Built, together, with and for; the world to share, experience and transform.

Join me.

  • unusmundusproject
    I’ve been quiet in the past two weeks since I made the decision to hold off on pouring the resin for the glass windows. I haven’t felt like myself since then. The glass is very symbolic for me. It was a part of the project I worked on since the first day I proposed it almost a year ago. It was no small feat building the glass studio, one of my greatest achievements yet I believe. When I realized all the glass I blew would be taken for the windows, I felt despair. Despair because it felt like I was losing it, a year of work for a day of creation with no other pieces to share in the beauty of this material. Despair because saying goodbye felt to difficult. It has been nearly 5 years since I blew glass before this and I have no idea when I will get to do it again. It makes me so sad to think about, it makes the despair that I feel in letting go of this glass so much worse. They are like treasures to me, not only for their beauty but also for the weight in devotion that they hold, cumulated over this past year. But in the days since I made the decision to wait, it has been equally difficult. Because I put the progress, no.... the completion of the project on hold, I kept myself from finishing and at the same time the opportunities that are waiting for me after this project, beckoned me. It became to much yesterday. I was overwhelmed with anxiety and realized that I must let go of the attachment and despair that I have bundled up in this glass. And in that same step, I must also realize that part of these feelings are because of what I have built physically with the glass, the art and the studio but this dynamic also applies emotionally to the life I have made here, with all the people in it, all the ties I have made and with Guatemala. This chapter is coming to an end and even though I am incredibly excited to move on, letting go is still hard. So today I pour the resin. Today I let go. #unusmundusproject . . . . . . . #oneworld #synchronicity #guatemala #letgo #glassblowing #metalworking #artinstallation #largescaleart #mystory #mystruggle #truth #lettinggo #attachments #movingon #mototraveler #travelingartist #love #lovewhatyoudo #beherenow #psychonaut
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    Thanksgiving has passed and I didn’t even wish you all a happy holiday, but it’s never to late right!? Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and got good and stuffed. In my family, we have this tradition where the day after thanksgiving we decorate for Christmas while eating fondue and listening to Christmas music together to kick off the holiday season. It is one of my most favorite memories throughout my life. Last year, I spent Thanksgiving deep in the mountains of Oaxaca so this year I tried to bring our family tradition to life in Guatemala. It wasn’t the same because how could it be without my family with me but the cheese sure was delicious and the company equally so. Thanks for letting me share this tradition with you this holiday @infernoride we may not have had a turkey but lets be honest...cheese is better anyways. #unusmundusproject . . . . . . . #oneworld #syncronicity #guatemala #fondue #thanksgiving #familytradition #tradition #holidayspirit #chistmastime #family #storytelling #awayfromhome #ontheroad #foodporn #cheeselife #cheese #cheeseday #mototraveler #travelingartist #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #missingfamily #lovealways #sharethelove #winelover #friends #familyfirst #homesick #holidays2019
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    A few weeks ago my Mother sent me an email late in the night. The only thing it said was “I did this last night…😘👍🎉🙏❤️” And below were the details of her airplane ticket to Guatemala leaving this Christmas Eve to the New Year. My mother has been criticized for being too schedule oriented, too ridgid with her plans and controlling with her needs. But then she does things like this, breaking all the assumptions placed on her. Somehow she knows just when to release the floodgate of spontaneity, she does it at these very critical times many of which have changed my life dramatically. Not many mothers would buy a ticket, without asking, to travel alone to Central America, but then again, she is not a normal mother and her visit will be far from average. Last holiday season was difficult for me. It was the first I ever spent alone in my life. This holiday is looking to be the best yet. Te amo Mamá! Also...love you Shadowfax! Our amazing pup ❤️ You were the best dog ever, I miss you every day. #unusmundusproject . . . . . . . #oneworld #synchronicity #love #mothers #befree #mototraveler #travelingartist #storytelling #suprises #holidayseason #nomoreborders #amotherslove #motherdaughter #fearlesswomen #christmastime #suprisevisit #carpediem #guatemala #centralamerica #bethlehempa #pennsylvania #slowtravel #lovealways #mymom #spontaneous #womenwhowander #traveltheworld #germanshepherd #dogsofinstagram
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    Something amazing happened in the world yesterday. The FDA designated psilocybin therapy a Breakthrough Therapy for the second time this year, accelerating the trials testing for treatment of major depressive disorder. Trial centers across the United States, UK and Europe are currently undergoing Phase Two testing, with hopes to move to Phase Three as soon as possible so we can get this powerful medicine to the world. I call it medicine because that’s what it is. That is what it has always been. I believe all psychedelic substances to be medicines, aids to mental health, wellbeing and a path to greater consciousness, compassion, empathy and reality. I believe psychedelics are key to humankind’s evolution. I believe in them so deeply that they are inseparable from my spirituality and my art but that is a story for another time. I have been told not to talk about my belief in psychedelics publicly but I will not listen. And if you believe in these medicines as I do, then speak. Now is the time. Let us breakdown the stigma of psychedelics so that they can help and heal the world. They are not our enemy, they are one of the most powerful tools of understanding that we have. A great healer and wise teacher. Open your mind! Article link in bio! Read it! #unusmundusproject . . . . . . . . . #oneworld #synchronicity #psychonaut #psychedelics #psychedelicsociety #lsd #mushrooms #shrooms #ayahuasca #psilocybinmushrooms #dmt #5meodmt #psilocybintherapy #psilocybinresearch #majordepressivedisorder #ptsd #alternativemedicine #plantmedicine #freeyourmind #spirituality #conciousness #notadrug #speakyourmind #changetheworld #thinkdifferent #beopen #lovealways #alternativetreatment #glassart @mapsnews @psychedelicstoday @psychedelic.times @psychedelicsocietysf @sociedelic
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    Last week I laid out the design for the glass windows, I began to prepare the resin for the pour and then I made an unfortunate discovery. The windows will use up ever bit of glass that I blew. If the crucible hadn’t broken when it did, I wouldn’t have this problem. But it did break and I don’t have the time or money to cast a new one. Over this past year I have sketched and imagined many pieces that I did not have time to create due to my commitments to Vaho. I was planning on taking my last month in Guatemala to build these pieces I have in my mind and make a collection, however if I pour the resin, all my glass will be gone. So after much deliberation, I decided not to pour quite yet. First I am going to make my collection, document the works and then after, I will commit the glass to Vahos windows; marking the completion of my work in this country. #unusmundusproject . . . . . . . . . . #oneworld #synchronicity #guatemala #antigua #glassblowing #metalworking #travelingartist #mototraveler #glassart #metalart #artinstallation #artfabrication #largescaleart #femalefabricators #dreambig #workandtravel #soundart #lightart #bigplans #resinart #blownglass #psychonaut #travelslow #buildyourdreams #artexhibition #patience #bigart #centralamerica #traveltheworld @valhallamacadamiafarm @juxtapozmag @colossal @travelchannel @bbc_travel @lonelyplanet @artnet @artnews @glassartsociety @lanuevafabricagt @fundacionronaldmcdonaldgt
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