Ira Stehmann Fine Art announces the representation of Chantal Elisabeth Ariëns, born 1968 in Heerlen, The Netherlands and living in Amsterdam.
Ariëns was trained at the Ballet Academy in Tilburg. She worked as a professional dancer, model and photographer’s assistant. At the age of thirty she started her photographic career and since then she has worked for international magazines such as Marie-Claire, Red, Crash Magazine and many more.
Since 2017, Ariëns has been focusing on personal projects. In doing so, it is important for her to be able to work completely freely and independently. In her images, which are cinematically inspired, she conveys poetic grace, fragility and at the same time self-determination. The uniqueness of the visual language is enhanced by a special printing technique, called photopolymer etching in which the motif is brought out by a printing plate sensitized with photopolymer film by means of contact exposure.
Ariën’s pictures are on track of a particular reality: a transient moment, the boundary between being and passing away, the irretrievable instant when in a gesture or silhouette, in a special incidence of light, an emotional aura and intensity appear. The worldly does not appear to exist in her photographs; our high-speed present finds no place in Ariëns pictures. Instead they are a tacit invitation to the viewers to imagine a story for themselves. They are images that inspire us to dream and reflect.
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