October 1989, Mexico
Born in Tecali, Mexico, Chantal's home environment placed her amongst many local stone artisans whose unique regional skills date back to the pre-Hispanic period. From subconscious memories and direct family participation Chantal has incorporated this knowledge to her work, including the direct use of hands as a medium of human sensorial creation, and materials such as Marble and Onyx which have planted the seed in her so she can project the natural mindscapes always present in her work. 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 real with the abstract in ways that have become a fundamental part of her contemporary ideas about the need for an abstract engagement with the world.
"Many things concern me as an artist. But I feel that when I paint, not only am I recognising the pain, I am also able to expel it from me. But I don't try to deal with this reasonably or rationally. Such coldness is often the cause of so much cruelty, anguish and human devastation on this planet".
In a world dominated by science and technology, she immerses herself in the abstraction of life, a human world where she can create from sensory forms that are not reduced to technicalities or are governed by the encounter with 'the truth'. In her artistic act, she inquires and hangs around the socio-political world through the classical art form of painting and sculpting, and the ‘Abstract’ ancient form of expression. Chantal uses abstraction to expand the limits of constructed knowledge seeking to challenge our understanding of what art means in the Third Millennium.
Her challenge and calling concerns of how we visualise unseen feelings and how we express the abstract in thought. For Chantal The Shape of senses remains a primary concern, as it gestures to what remains within and yet seems ungraspable. That what we are is never enough, too unreal to become literally true, when in truth such a sensibility is all we have.
Chantal’s work has been exhibited in more than 20 collective and individual exhibitions in prominent museums and galleries in Mexico and the United Kingdom such as: Chiapas Museum of Science and Technology, Chiapas 2010. National Art Museum (MUNAL) México City 2013. Museum of Modern Art (MAM) México City 2015. Watercolour National Museum, Mexico City 2015. Cultural Center Tijuana (CECUT) Tijuana 2015. Arroyo de la Plata Gallery, Zacatecas 2016. Barrel Museum. Zacatecas 2016. Popular Art Museum (MAP) México City 2017. Guadalupe Museum, Zacatecas 2017. Pape Museum, Cohauila 2018. University Cultural Complex (CCU) Puebla 2018. Arocena Museum, Coahuila 2019. Non-intervention Museum, Puebla 2019, Ashcroft Art Centre, Hampshire 2020, 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 and workshops at reputable places such as McMaster University, Canada 2019 and the Centre for Mexican Studies (UCC) Ireland 2020.
Having presented her work in an individually curated exhibition at the age of 19, 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 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. This is based on her work and original aesthetic framing of this all too human problem.
Chantal continues to focus in her work on the all too human and vulnerable dimensions to life; especially the human psyche and the life of the mind as seen through the prism of colour and the ways it creates an image of emotional thought. In this regard, Chantal offers a sensorial confrontation, tapping into the complexity of the human condition. Her works are a mediation on the mysterious and the unknown, letting her hands become the bridge that transmits the inner most feelings to the external world.
"Art is about showing empathy for the suffering of the world. As a tool of expression, it confronts in its own unique way those intrinsic qualities that exalt and raise in an unusual fashion the events that have shaped our society throughout its history".
As someone who believes in the art of life, Chantal co-creates in this world with her soulmate and husband 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".
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