Chantal Powell creates sculptural works about the unseen aspects of our psyche. A PhD in social psychology and an interest in Jungian theory inform her practice.
Curious about how we are influenced by our personal and collective unconscious, Powell embraces metaphors, myth and symbolic language in her making. She works intuitively and intellectually in order to identify archetypes and discern key associations from her objects.
Her use of symbolic processes and materials reflect her research into the alchemical process. Alchemy serves as a metaphorical representation for the process of transformation of the Self that Jung called Individuation – a journey that re-establishes a connection between the conscious and unconscious.
Powell is currently working on the project Night Shaking - an artistic and personal exploration into alchemy and depth psychology. A funded research phase included time investigating alchemical manuscripts in the rare books archives of the Wellcome Collection and collaborating with a Jungian analyst with a specialist interest in Alchemy.
Chantal Powell completed her psychology doctorate at Southampton University (2002) before turning to work as an artist full time. She was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award in 2015 and has exhibited at venues including the Guildhall Art Gallery London, collateral events at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales, and is currently working on a curatorial project with the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art.
She is the founder of the contemporary arts program Hogchester Arts and curates their biannual summer exhibition.