Chelsea Lehmann holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (hons) from Adelaide Central School of Art (1998) and was a visiting scholar at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (1999) courtesy of the Ruth Tuck Scholarship. She has an MFA (Research) from the College of Fine Art, UNSW (2007) and is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design supported by the Australian Post-graduate Award. Lehmann has been the recipient of several awards, grants and local and International residencies and has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Her current work focuses on retrieving layers of images within the painted surface through scientific imaging techniques such as x-ray and infrared, and physical erasure. Her aim is to highlight relations between layers of material, between material and image and between technology and image production. In related research Lehmann explores iconoclasm as a secular, creative act by examining its historical, political, and semiological domains in relation to painting.