Chelle’s works are currently focused on informing of her Deaf history and Deaf experiences to educate people on Deaf culture and Deaf history and to give them a real Deaf experience.
Chelle Destefano is a Deaf multi-disciplinary artist working with performance art, sculpture, textile, poetry and Auslan poetry, drawing and painting, often combing some or many of these disciplines into one work. Such as some of her Auslan poetry performance artworks used textiles and later the textile works had poetry words sewn into the textile works and then the textile work was installed on wall, with the performance video projected onto it.
Chelle has had many solo and group exhibitions between 2012 and 2021, shown in Melbourne, Adelaide and between 2015 and 2017 abroad in Venice, Paris, Berlin and Rome. She was selected as a finalist for many art awards from 2019 to now. Art awards she has been in include the Banyule Art Award for works on paper, Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize, Noel Counihan Art Award, Incinerator Art Award, Fishers Ghost Award, Lake Art Award (which she became the winner of in December 2020), and the Footscray Art Award in 2021