The Backyard

Artist in Residence, Chantal Rochan will be onsite painting throughout the Celebration of Nations weekend. Stop by to chat with this exceptional artist about her work.

Chantal Rochon (Métis; Algonquin and European ancestry)

Chantal Rochon is primarily a self-taught artist. Rochon’s journey into the arts began as a child when her grandmothers invited her in their respective studios to play with clay and glass powder, both process included “fire” and it continued with an endless array of projects and mediums. Chantal Rochon’s humble beginnings mark a life destined for the creative world, and continued into her professional life as an artist, gallery owner and advocate for Aboriginal culture. Rochon’s passion for travels added life experience and a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world she Her love of life and its beauty drives her enthusiasm increasing environmental awareness and our impact on nature. Rochon paints magical surrealism to create a world on canvas, where she combines the magnificence of our natural world seasoned with elements of the manmade visual world (digital imageries).

Rochon’s work blurs the line between the physical aspects of elements and fuses an imagery of spiritual existence in order to consider how we could coexist in greater harmony within  the natural world.

If you ask her who are you? She will say:
“I am born out of two ( two cultures, two genders, two person) to make one. One! Bizhig! Me! Moi! Blessed by life! I am one living with a mass of other ONES, embraced in the
nurturing arms of the EARTH. One earth which “we” (all the ONES) share!“