For those who don’t know you personally, there is a big contrast between your vibrant personality and your darker work—How has that contrast come about? Also, can you please introduce yourself?

I value life and try to live it to the fullest, there is so much to love and enjoy. However, life isn't always consistent - life happens, where we might experience feelings such as uncertainty, feeling defeated, needing courage, needing a saviour etc. It is these times that I am fascinated with and strive to portray in my work.

Coming from a contemporary art context, my subjects defy traditional definition and are created to reflect how we view our world; our responses to diverse personal and social issues. 
Life happens to us all and sometimes those feelings are dark.

My name is Chanelle Rose and I am a contemporary artist.

Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years? 

Forever evolving. I am constantly challenging myself, my direction, my techniques. 
As I age, my perception of the world will no doubt be reflected in my work.

Have you been met with any challenges as an artist along the way?

Most definitely. The medium I have chosen is a perfect fit for me aesthetically as I am a perfectionist who likes the look of clean art. However, I couldn't have chosen a more challenging medium, particularly being so pedantic! 

My pieces are usually very large, so scale itself is very challenging, as is developing techniques to achieve different textures using only ballpoint ink. Each piece presents a new millimetre x millimetre challenge!

How do you keep up your creative momentum? Where do you look to for the drive to create?

Both my drive and creative momentum come from my own inner reflections of life experiences, and the strong desire to meaningfully provoke the viewer.
Society can move in destructive ways where it is so easy to disregard the ripple effect of wrong doings. We can become desensitised to the enormity of how one action, can impact many. 
I have a strong message and my work is the messenger.
There in lays both my drive and momentum.

Personally, I’d describe your work as intense, raw and overflowing with strength. Can you please share a little about your work and you’d describe it?

Thank you, intense, raw and overflowing with strength is a great description. For each person, it's personal as each piece is created to resonate within. Some people relate to the meaning, while others see humour or beauty. Most importantly though, I hope my work enables strength to the viewer.

Do you tend to create from personal experience or from observing the experiences of others?

Both. For me, they are intertwined. I’m a person who deeply connects to what others experience. I’m not able to simply draw an emotion, without fully understanding it.

What or who have been some of your main creative influences?

My mother has been my main creative influence. She has always gone with her own style and direction, she has never followed and has always had a very contemporary and unique way of thinking and looking at things, from different perspectives. She has influenced my thinking in a massive way, teaching me to always look inwards instead of outwards, and encourages listening to and observing people. She has always spoken to me about peoples behaviours and the impacts of their behaviour, be it good or otherwise.

You use a mix of female and male influence in your work but their masculinity and femininity seem to be shared across the two - is there a purpose in blurring the lines?

My work is about inner perception, which crosses both the male and female within us all. It's more about the piece resonating with the viewer for its meaning, rather than the literal subject itself.

As you’ve gotten older – how has your perception of your body and confidence changed?

I believe the old saying, with age, comes experience. The more we develop our identity, the less we rely on social recognition of our body image. Sadly, we lose so much time being someone else. Identity is only one part though, developing an understanding of society in its broader sense exposes the differences we each have, which in turn, can normalise body image into a meaningless perspective.

What’s your idea of empowerment?

I want my work to impact the viewer in such a way that empowers them to have the strength to fight injustice, and the strength to represent justice.

Praise You isn’t just about raising awareness for eating disorders and celebrating body positivity – it’s also shining the light on female support in the creative community, in saying that, what does inclusivity and its importance mean to you?

I feel very passionate about this one.
Much like body image, to feel inclusive as an artist, women can get caught up looking around and replicating whatever is currently trending, instead of developing what their own unique style is and what it means to them. 

To be truly supportive, you have to be very clear on who you are first. Protect your thoughts, protect who you are, until you have established who you are as an artist. When you find your own style, you can then confidently support other women to pursue their own artistic direction.

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