Artist Statement

I paint to make sense of my life.

I paint because I am a voyeur – once as a clinical psychologist, now an artist.

As a clinical psychologist I would never have dared to say that I was a voyeur, but aren’t we all? What do you think papa Freud?

I look into their eyes, into their broken faces, beyond sex and gender, beyond race, as if it were ever possible to see.

I paint to make sense of the world, especially all the broken parts, political, sociological, cultural.

I paint to fight the isms that hurt – like racism because it hurts us and it hurt my son and my husband, sexism because I enjoy being a woman.

I paint because smells turn me on and the smell of turpentine turns me on.

I paint because oil is sensual, and that also turns me on.

I paint because I had to. At one point it was the only thing that helped gag the screams.

I paint because I have to. My son told me to.

I paint because I love.


Chantal Bruchez-Hall is a Swiss born artist who lives in NYC and studied art at Hunter College.  She has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her work has been shown in New York City, Boston and Lisbon, Portugal.  Her portraits are an expression of the universal human family. The series in grey, white and black fluidly mixes race and gender, calling forth what unites us beyond our differences.  In a second series, reds dominate very large canvasses in which the cartoon, the ghost and the mythical free associate. The series in black is a celebration of light shining through the darkness. It’s the most classically figurative of the three series but the use of blacks leaves features barely visible. Her abstract work is a play on texture and color, particularly evident in her last series in blue.


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