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Chloé Surprenant's Mixed Media Art Portfolio

A mixed-media artwork of two figures in a black-and-white sceneUntitled, mixed media

Chloé Surprenant is an artist who lives and works in Montréal and Amsterdam. Chloé’s artworks consist of layered mixed media compositions that explore themes of the “other” – the differences, and hidden similarities, between human experiences and feelings.

A mixed media artwork with several partially obscured figuresUntitled

I enjoy the overall aesthetic that Chloé has built up in her portfolio. The works currently available on her art portfolio website span almost two decades, and it’s interesting to see how the artist’s practice has evolved in that period of time. Chloé’s most recent works, in her 2018 gallery, feature obscured figures that are at once distinctly recognizable and totally anonymous. The artist’s interventions obscure most of the faces, but seem almost like natural phenomena – collected dust, smudges or scrapes on old photographs.

A screen capture of the front page of Chloe Surprenant's art websiteChloe's art portfolio website


Chloé’s works tend to have a heavy, slightly dark atmosphere to them – perhaps the artist is playing up a sense of fear surrounding the unknown, or the “other.”

A mixed media artwork with two partially obscured figuresUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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