The work of British artist Chantal Powell is made in response to her personal journey into understanding the symbolic language of the unconscious. A PhD in social psychology and an ongoing study of Jungian theory and alchemical symbolism inform her practice.
Over recent years she has been researching first-hand the imagery in alchemical manuscripts and notebooks from the 15th and 16th century. Combining archetypal symbols and metaphors from these sources, alongside those from mythology and personal inner work, she uses a Jungian art-based research approach to facilitate our understanding of the human psyche.
Her current line of research is exploring psyche, soma, and interconnectivity via the ideas of the "embodied vessel", “breath as essence and exchange”, and “vegetative gods/goddesses”.
Working in a variety of mediums that include ceramic, glass, metal and painting she forges new interdependencies and fluidity between forms and systems. The movement between human and non-human, visible and invisible challenges anthropocentrism and celebrates a symbiotic web of knowledge and existence that deepens our relationship to self, other and the world.
Chantal has exhibited at galleries and institutions across the UK and internationally including Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh; The Lightbox Museum (In collaboration with the Ingram Collection), Woking; Parlour Gallery, London; Guildhall Art Gallery, London; Orange County Museum of Art, California; WW Gallery, Venice, amongst others.
She is also the founder of the residency program Hogchester Arts in West Dorset and hosts the Jungian online book club and speaker program "The Red Book Club". She presents courses, talks and workshops on archetypal symbolism and psychological alchemy and is a faculty lecturer at Jung Archademy. She has co-curated exhibitions at Arusha Gallery in Bruton, The LightBox Museum in Woking, and Hogchester Arts in West Dorset.
Installation view of NightShaking With The Ingram Collection. LightBox Museum Woking.