October 1989, Mexico
Chantal Meza is a self-taught abstract painter living and working in the United Kingdom.
Her home environment placed her amongst many local stone Artisans whose unique regional skills date back to the pre-Hispanic period. With direct family participation Chantal has incorporated this knowledge into her paintings, including the direct use of hands as a medium of human sensorial creation. The crossover between the old artisan techniques and Chantal’s self-taught methods represents both a marriage and a visual memory of experience that allows her to connect the abstract with the tangibility of life.
Materials such as Marble and Onyx are seeded into Chantal’s subconscious memories and have been the base for the creation of her own natural abstract Self-scapes. Oils, Stones, Watercolours, Charcoals and Inks are some of the materials she has taken to focus on the human psyche as seen through the prism of colour.
"Art is the poetry of nature. Art shows the human in a state of elevation, where its potential rises and spreads through its creations, something as amazing as nature itself".
The creative act in Chantal’s work is guided by the conflict and imbalance between the sensory and the technical, between the affirmation of life and whimsical annihilations. Expressing what is integral to life’s creative journey, what prevails in her artistic act is a commitment to the human-sensorial over the purely human-technological, which she sees as inseparable from arts integrity. As she seeks to expand the limits of constructed knowledge, so she also challenges herself by posing the contemporary question: What does art mean in the Third Millennium?
Chantal has found in Abstraction a language that is closer to the question of what it means to be human and is able to present her concerns through its gestures. Her challenge as such remains how to express the abstract in thought. In doing so, her subjects hover around the political-scientific sphere and those shifting powers, which fundamentally change social life. Inspired by arts transformative qualities, she opens an encounter with the Human-Abstract, harnessing its explosive potential for constant change, which are manifest through the internal torments of life.
Her works have been Exhibited in more than 30 group and Individual Exhibitions in prominent Museums and Galleries in Mexico, Paraguay and the United Kingdom such as: Chiapas Museum of Science and Technology, Mexico. National Art Museum (MUNAL) Mexico. Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar (CCEJS) Paraguay. Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Mexico. Ashcroft Art Centre, United Kingdom. Watercolour National Museum, Mexico. Arocena Museum, Coahuila. Cultural Center Tijuana (CECUT) Tijuana. Arroyo de la Plata Gallery, Zacatecas. Popular Art Museum (MAP), Mexico. Guadalupe Museum, Zacatecas. Pape Museum, Cohauila. University Cultural Complex (CCU-BUAP) Puebla, among others. She has also been commissioned to produce Public works, Interventions, while providing requested Donations of works to Institutions and Non-governmental Organisations. Chantal has participating in many International Seminars, Workshops & Panels at reputable places such as: Harvard University, USA; McMaster University, Canada; Centre for Mexican Studies, Ireland; and the University of Oregon, USA. She has written a number of Academic Articles in prominent Theory, Culture and Educational practice Journals, and is currently co-curating a book titled “State of Disappearance” to be published in 2023 with McGill-Queens University Press.
Having presented her work in an individual curated exhibition at the age of 19, since then Chantal has received considerable acclaim. Among her recent achievements includes a notable Public Recognition for her contribution to Culture in her province in Mexico and the publication of her work in a number of prominent International Media Outlets, including Los Angeles Review of Books, La Jornada, ArtLyst, Symploke, Pluto Press, W&F Science & Peace, as well as digital and print magazines, along with appearing on the covers of numerous books. Her latest initiative includes leading a project that brings together a number of International Academics discussing the "State of Disappearance" in collaboration with the political philosopher Brad Evans.
For Chantal 'the shape of the abstract senses' remains a primary concern, as it gestures to what remains within and yet seems ungraspable. In her work a constant realisation remains, that in which what we are is never enough, perhaps too unreal that most of our intended actions are kept in the realm of the imagination. Mindful of this, she is confronted with a dilemma; showing how an abstract sensibility is all we could fleetingly possess. In this regard, Chantal’s range of work offers visual dynamic confrontations, tapping into the complexity of the human condition. In a world dominated by Science and Technology, her paintings have become a mediation between the mystery and the unknown, letting her hands to become the bridge that transmits the inner most feelings to the external world.
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As someone who believes in the art of life. Chantal co-creates in this world with her soulmate, the Political Philosopher Brad Evans, who inspires her to live as a constant explosion of shapes. She continues to admire the brilliance and courage of the man, who has showed her in the most subtle ways the strongest of all human sensations: that which we name "love".