Chantal Powell creates sculptural works about the unseen aspects of our psyche. A PhD in social psychology and an ongoing study of Jungian theory inform her practice.
Her use of symbolic processes, materials and images reflect her research into the alchemical process as a metaphor for the transformation of Self. Drawing upon archetypal motifs such as "the vessel", "the toad" and "the night sea journey" she brings awareness to the importance of energy filled symbols to connect us to a world beyond the rational, that of the mysterious collective 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 exhibiting a curatorial project with the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art.
Chantal is the founder of the contemporary arts program Hogchester Arts in West Dorset and hosts the Jungian online book club and speaker program "The Red Book Club". She also presents illustrated talks and workshops on psychological alchemy from an artist's perspective.
Installation view of NightShaking With The Ingram Collection. Click image to go to LookBook of the show.