First studied graphic design and studio practice alongside fine art, before pursuing an interest in new technology and experimental animation, Chantal has researched abstract, experimental and fine art in film, and explored its influence through Dada, Surrealism, Film Noir to popular film in the present day, as well as social context and representation.
"Fine art animation started at a pivotal time in the development of identity and culture for the African Diaspora in the Western or Atlantic world.
It seems only right to explore how African culture and art might be for the women of the African Diaspora - starting with the intercultural signs and motifs early European artists found interesting during the last century. It is about ownership and meaning - intervening on visual narratives and exploring new ways of visualising intercultural exchange."
Self-made, gestural CAD 3D drawings/objects are the basis of many of these animations, sometimes accompanied by audio, while others are drawn using photographic manipulation software. Free copyright videos edited, stretched and slowed to extract other readings from the unconscious gestures of the actors.
All these pieces use sound as an editing tool, and the technology for mark making - in this case commercial image manipulation and programmable software (the digital) - is used to take the eye into a new audio-visual relationship and explore its impact on our visual thinking.
|* FINE ART ANIMATION
* DIGITAL VIDEO