Integral to my interdisciplinary practice is the investigation of my labor as a constructive act. I am interested in finding ways to process what becomes available when labor is
autonomous, chosen and representative of showing care to a material, subject and concept. I take hold of the realities of communities often spoken of rather than engaged with, combine them with artifacts from my life and use them as tools to illuminate them in public space. A foundational through line in my work across mediums is the abstract
representation and translation of qualitative and quantitative information through material and process. I have found that abstraction best serves my exploration of subtext and transparency by holding space for nuance. In my growing body of interdisciplinary work, I am continuing to layer these drivers; labor, abstraction and material, to carry
conversations of medium and information, forward.
Chantal Barlow is an interdisciplinary artist working in Los Angeles. Heavily influenced by her family history and travels, especially her time in Portugal with her mother's family, Barlow has used her life experience as the catalyst for her artwork, particularly for her visual storytelling projects. She absorbs the worlds she experiences and related tactile materials and merges them in her work to promote discourse and questioning of our perceptions. Her primary body of work, abstract paintings on wood and Portuguese cork, are informed by her understanding of and experimentation with the chemical components of acrylic paint and other materials for over 15 years.
As she continues to push her practice forward, Chantal has expanded her artistic breadth into the multidisciplinary space with immersive project based artwork that inhabits whatever form she feels best delivers her intentions and desired impact. Barlow has developed prowess in emotional visual storytelling that deliberately uses multiple sources of inspiration and symbolic physical tools that reinforce the message. Such works include Who Will Catch Them When They Fall? and Unconventional Apology Project, which is her largest scale work to date and her most internationally covered, respectively. Barlow has consistently found international support from curators and collectors alike, having been featured in digital and print publications like Huffington Post, The Guardian, Vanity Fair Italy, British Vogue and more.
Chantal continues to facilitate the Unconventional Apology Project, a portrait and interview series giving voice to survivors of domestic abuse. She is routinely releasing portraits and interviews one at a time on UnconventionalApology.com, but will also have a culminating immersive exhibit and documentary when the series is completed.
Chantal completed her BA in studio art at UCLA Summer 2021 and is currently represented by PARISTEXASLA.