Chanel Conklin makes physical and digital collages and drawings that express her thoughts and opinions about politics, world events, celebrities, and pop culture. Her work often references the darker sides of these subjects, including high profile sex crimes, terrorism, and natural disasters. Chanel often expresses her frustration at various tragedies and injustices by collaging images of her subjects into a new context she believes to be more fitting. She often represents herself alongside monsters, demons and other characters from her favorite horror films or anime locked in morally righteous struggles against universally hated figures, such as Jeffrey Epstein or more abstract societal problems like gun violence.
At times it can be difficult to discern a specific moral stance or lesson from Chanel's work, but her frequent references and comparisons of reality and monstrosity often echo our society’s constant sensationalization of news and public figures. Chanel’s juxtapositions call into question our normative understanding of moral hierarchy and force us to acknowledge “real” and “fictional” terror in the same moral universe. Her intense mark making and color saturation is evident in both her physical and digital work and is curiously evocative of the oversaturation and intensity of the 24-hour news cycle.