Self-proclaimed “artist for life,” Chantal Maltais Oei, feels that her artwork is derived from living. All aspects of Oei’s existence culminate in her creations, as if she has crystallized her experiences into a solid form. Oei prefers the idea of creating a shrine for her marvelous discoveries.
She studies life; she observes, internalizes and documents, weaving experiential elements through her artwork. Oei uses found objects, photography, and mixed media sculptural components. Some would say that she integrates nature into her work.
Currently the artist resides in both Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and Corfu, Greece. She passionately erects environments for the objects she makes, transforming them, and offering them a new life.
“Metamorphosis in all of its guises is a subject that fills me with awe. Through my constant attempts to understand the nature of what surrounds me and the nature that is within, I find myself rediscovering life at every given moment.”