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Meet Chantal deFelice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chantal deFelice.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Oregon, playing with rocks and snails amidst the ferns and moss, or pretending I was a private detective, always jotting down secret notes. After my mom and I moved to Orange County when I was 12, a lot of that natural curiosity shrank back, intimidated by the stylish cool kids and stunted by the pervasive concrete of suburbia. I made art through my teens and twenties, but I didn’t regain the true creativity of my 5th grade self until six years ago. A catalyst in my personal life opened up all the interests in science that I had tucked away and a sense of exploration and investigation began to inspire my art and my life.

Please tell us about your art.
I like to think of my artmaking as notes from my studies of the world, not just the scale that we live in as humans, but the micro and macro as well. These studies come into form as paintings, photographs, videos, sound experiments, drawings, installations and performances. I gather material when traveling, crawling around in nature, looking through the microscope, reading books, and wandering neighborhoods with a discernible history. When I share my work, it’s like finding a barnacle in a tide pool and calling to a nearby stranger, “hey! come check out the wild design on this tiny creature!” I just want to point at things that I find to be amazing and hope that someone will marvel at them with me.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I don’t think the role of artists has changed in recent times, but I do see more artists becoming aware of what this role CAN be. The stakes feel higher from every angle, and for me, it pushes more honesty into my work, knowing what we have to lose by being dishonest about who we are, personally and as a global society. I gain a fuller perspective when I travel out of Orange County, out of California, out of the US, and I do hope that the artwork I create from this vantage point can encourage others to seek a new view as well.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My studio in San Clemente is actually an art installation, clubhouse and gallery, and the best place to experience my work in person at the moment. If you can’t visit, then check out my website to shop, and browse my portfolios for a good introduction, then follow my Instagram for regular virtual glimpses.

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Image Credit:
Shelley Schaffer

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