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Chantal

All I want to do is make things, create! Through troubles and strife, good times and spiritual awakenings, art has been my companion, my voice and my escape.

Wood is my main medium at present. It has a sensual quality. A life of its own, a story woven into its grain. I especially like to use recycled wood and other materials that have ‘lived’ beyond their natural lives, they have a particular history, richness and quality that come with age. While making art and craft, thoughts of the city, society, spirituality and old worn and forgotten things that once were valued, cherished and coveted but are now discarded, unwanted and undervalued, run through my mind. Beauty in unexpected places. Hidden treasures waiting for a chance to shine once again. This is part of the reason why street art and graffiti inspire me. They are somewhat symbolic of all this. This is why I often use the monikers ‘Ghettocentric’ or ‘Ghettocentricity’ as they embody the spirit of overlooked people, places and things.

My Poetry has been an invaluable way of, romanticising that which would otherwise be unbearable, and expressing deep passions that are difficult to vocalise in usual fashion. For me it is art made from words.

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