I am a London-based visual artist. I grew up with a fascination for gazing. Long summers spent in Portugal with my mother's family fostered this transient state as I hovered between a language that was familiar but not spoken by me. I would find myself examining faces while they paused to listen, objects, even the wallpaper. This kind of gazing has been described by the French Philosopher Jacque Lacan as the impossible. Lacan said "the real is impossible..., in so far as we cannot express it in language because the very entrance into language marks our separation from the real". He refers to the object of our eye's look somehow looking back at us. This sense of being gazed at by the object of our look became fascinating to me. This has translated into my working practice. I collect and organise everyday objects, spaces and landscapes, photographs from magazines, books and the internet. I manipulate images and create drawings, where the photographic information is retold and given a new context. Works are made in series as collections. I play and engage with ideas of impermanence, history, fragility, memory and movement. Some works are legible, nameable, while others suggest familiar forms, themes, structures and fabrics.
CV & Education
Chantal Gillingham began her training at Camberwell College of the Arts in 1994, then left London to study Painting at Norwich School of Art, where she was awarded The Pullen Prize for painting in 1997. Returning to London Gillingham attended postgraduate study at the Central School of Speech and Drama, after which time she took up post as Artist in Residence at Eltham College, London, where she had her first solo exhibition, 'Family', in 2004.
Gillingham has exhibited in the UK, taking part in and organising a range of independent projects as artist, researcher and teacher. She has organised a range of opportunities and workshops for artists to discuss and work with young people, working with art organisations, commercial and non-commercial galleries, universities and schools.