Using a microscope and an underwater camera, Chantal has been documenting the flora and fauna of her hometown of San Clemente--the bees and butterflies in her garden, and the strange creatures who live in the tidepools and shallow waters of San Clemente beach.
Chantal is not a trained scientist. She is an artist. But she possesses those qualities that both professions share: curiosity, and a desire to look very carefully, to find beauty and meaning amid the minutiae that others might overlook.
Some of the pieces in the show were blown-up pages from her field notebook/sketchbook, an essential tool of any naturalist, artist, or writer.
Chantal introduced me to something called micrography, which involves taking pictures using a microscope, to see the beauty that is hidden from the naked human eye. Chantal's work reminds us that there are beautiful dramas happening in nature all the time, often unnoticed by humans.