Chantelle Key is a Melbourne based artist with an interest in drawing. While studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University she explored different ways of drawing and discovered her own fascination with lines. Chantelle graduated in 2016 and lists drawing with ballpoint pens and technical drawing pens as some of her favourite techniques.
Amongst the artists she admires are German Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer and early Baroque Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius for their incredible technical skills.
Chantelle captures every day moments of the people around her. This work is titled Message
For her own works Chantelle takes inspiration from her surroundings and the every day moments of the people around her. She explains, "I've always enjoyed drawing my surroundings - drawing people on the train or in public is a favourite pastime as well as drawing my friends anytime they stay still long enough".
For the Eyewitness exhibition Chantelle explores the theme of contemplation as she expertly captures snapshots in time in her works. She is also interested in considering the habits of recording such moments. Using an archive of photographs as the starting point for the works , she has created a series of eight intricate and highly detailed drawings using a combination of dip pens and fountain pens on drafting film.
The subjects of the works are all known to the artist who questions what is lost the moment the present becomes the past? In her retelling of these moments through her artworks, where her subjects are reframed or repositioned, the artist challenges the viewer to consider whether the narrative is changed and the viewer misled?
Chantelle explores themes of contemplation such as in this work titled Cat
The Eyewitness exhibition will commence at Off the Kerb Gallery on 22nd February 2018 and will run until 8th March 2018 in the Side Gallery.
Opening night is on Friday 23rd February 2018 from 6pm - 9pm.
Other exhibitions showing at Off the Kerb during this period include "Gonzo" by VEINS in the Front Gallery "SNAKE'SKIN" by David Lee Pereira in the Back Gallery and "Five By Eight And A Half" by Mark Poulier in the Upstairs Gallery.
You can see more artwork by Chantelle Key by following on Instagram.
Off the Kerb Gallery is located at 66B Johnston Street Collingwood. The Gallery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30pm - 6pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 12 noon until 5pm. Entry to the Gallery is free.