Other Narratives: Art by Chloé Surprenant
Chloé Surprenant divides her time between her native Montreal, and Amsterdam, with plenty of time for travelling in-between. The artist’s works are focused on foreign or other narratives, concerning both places and the people that inhabit them.
In her work, Chloé frequently utilizes a combination of photography, acrylic paint and photo-manipulation techniques. The resulting works are dreamlike and function well as an overall series, telling a fragmented story though memory and image. I enjoy the way the artist contrasts vibrant colours with a generally restricted colour scheme in each work. Many of the works seem sepia-tinted or yellowed with age, solidifying their identity as slightly foreign memories.
I’m intrigued by the way that Chloé introduces figures in her work. Human figures are frequently partial, and often have their faces turned away, blurred, or otherwise removed from the equation. While the stories in question may apply to very specific individuals, these obscured figures make it easy for the viewer to place themselves in the range of situations that appear in the artist’s photos.