Visceral Ecologies I
Visceral Ecologies I

Mixed media on paper, 76 x 100cm, 2019. Private Collection, USA.

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Visceral Ecologies II
Visceral Ecologies II

Mixed media on paper, 100 x 76cm, 2019.

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Visceral Ecologies XIX
Visceral Ecologies XIX

Oil on canvas. 50 x 40cm, 2020.

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Visceral Ecologies I
Visceral Ecologies I

Mixed media on paper, 76 x 100cm, 2019. Private Collection, USA.

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" I created this Series conflicted by new ways of rebranding economic extraction under environmentally friendly labels such as genetic modifications, green and blue technologies. It attends less to the human perspective than natures possibility. Our planet has been dramatically modified through human interventions, so I also wanted to express these profound changes, imagining the possibility of transforming ourselves by walking side by side with nature and not in opposition. Is it that even a possibility? 

There is uncertainty in the air around what type of planet we imagine ourselves inhabiting in the near future. In mainstream representations, this either gives us an image of the world which is to be romantically preserved or one that is catastrophically fated by cataclysmic events to come. 
 

We know that this world is itself now a brutal victim of planetary annihilation, suffering from what the philosopher and critical activist Adrian Parr has called the "wrath of capitalism". 

 

And yet we also know that those ecological conditions so integral to the human condition represent so much more than the audit of science. We live, breathe, feel and find ourselves aesthetically immersed, often in awe, with the unrivalled beauty and the generosity of natures ecological wonders.

And so whilst we might need the science to provide us with a warning about the devastating effects of worldly pollution and toxicity, and continue to work against a certain political denial, the climate is nevertheless changing (albeit at an accelerated and alarmingly unpredictable rate) and in the processes redesigning the ecological conditions for habitation.

 

At this critical juncture in human history, with humans themselves now seen as the greatest source of planetary change (what is new referred to as the age of the Anthropocene), we desperately need to find reasons to believe in this world. This is not to deny that ecologies change.

Exploring alternative visions through various range of colours in my pallet, from ochres to deep purples and dynamic movements, I begin to imagine whether we could allow unpolluted ecologies to thrive, to let them continue to present their own story of colours. Through out this Visceral Ecologies Series I wanted to allow myself to imagine the possibility of such a condition."

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2022

 

The piece 'Visceral Ecologies XIX' exhibited at 'Candid Gallery' London, UK in its Group show in its Anual Exhibition the 'Summer Salon'. 

This same piece was published in the Journal Symplokē as part of the Article 'Violence & Abstraction' by B.Evans & C.Meza.

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2021

 

The piece 'Visceral Ecologies XVIII' was selected by Ashcroft Arts Centre for the Culture on Call Arts Open Exhibition, as part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust .

The piece was Exhibited in two occasions; December 2020 to February 2021. And November 2021 to January 2022.  

Chantal's artwork 'Visceral Ecologies XVIII'

was used as the main promotional image for the Show. 

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SPECIAL DONATION
TO THE ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE

United Kingdom


March 2021

 
Recognising the importance that these Communities Centres give to our Society, Chantal gave her piece as a Donation to the Ashcroft Arts Centre 

Hampshire Cultural Trust

" Artist Chantal Meza plans to donate 100% of her artwork sale to Ashcroft Arts Centre. The donation will contribute to helping us keep communities connected. "

The Artist

It gives me a great joy to know that my Visceral Ecologies XVIII piece has been donated to the Ashcroft Arts Centre. It means a lot to me every time my artwork finds a place in spaces like this, where there is a constant work for the arts. I believe it is very important to recognise and support those who open up the doors to spaces in our communities so we are able to recreate ourselves, to connect with artists that can show us other possible worlds." 

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Visceral Ecologies XVI
Visceral Ecologies XVI

Oil on canvas 50 x 60cm 2020

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If you wish to acquire this Artwork, please follow the link below
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2020

 

Due to the Covid Pandemic, Chantal Meza donated the piece 'Visceral Ecologies XVII' to the Global Organisation Partners in Health in Chiapas, Mexico. 

This donation extends her ongoing relationship with the Organisation. 

2020

 

As part of an edited book that featured 25 leading writers and critical thinkers, Chantal's work was featured in the Quarantine Files published by the Los Angeles Review of Books. 

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This volume was curated by the Critical Theorist & Political Philosopher Brad Evans. 

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