Chloe Besson // Denver Artist
A few months ago we to got spend the afternoon with the lovely artist Chloe Besson drinking coffee, and talking art.
What drew you to the visual arts?
As a kid, my dad shot a lot of black and white film photography and my mom as an interior designer. She taught me how to make and use a pinhole camera as a teenager and my dad taught me how to shoot gorgeous black and white photographs with various film cameras.
I have always been a creative type, but it wasn't until my gap year in college that I figured out how much of a creative I truly was. I seriously got into photography in high school and after 4 months in South America, I got back to Chicago where my mom was living, and accidentally got a job with a photographer who's studio was conveniently within a half mile of my house. The time I spent working for Carol Ysla, said photographer, made me realize that I not only liked photography, but I adored it. She also opened up my eyes to the world of photography and visual arts as a career. After 8 wonderful months with her, it was time to go back to school, which I did with a serious drive. I applied and got accepted into the BFA program in Printmaking and Photography at CU Boulder later that year, and it was off to the races from there.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly in people and my surroundings. I obsessively people watch and am fascinated with the variety of humans in this world. To me, people's faces and personalities tell such a story. Each and every human is like a canvas. One of my wishes in life is to be invisible so that I could approach and photograph people very closely without them changing their mood or facial expression in hopes of catching the most candid of moments, which to me are the most beautiful.
How do you describe your personal style and aesthetic? What are a few key principles you keep in mind?
Good question. I would say that my aesthetic changes and fluctuates as I change and fluctuate. At the moment, my aesthetic is clean, delicate, and light. If speaking with regards to my current body of work Untitled (Many Faces), I would describe this style as modern and organic.
What is your most important artist tool?
My Fujifilm camera. 100%.
What part of your process do you like the most?
It depends on what medium I am working in. When it comes to photography, shooting and then developing in the dark room are my favorite process. If I am working digitally, creating a drawing overplayed on my photographs is my favorite process. The drawing typically plays off of the photo in one way or another, and the process of figuring out how they will interact is one I quite enjoy. I also really like framing my work- it's like the cherry on top, signed sealed, delivered.
What are some of your goals/dreams for the future?
To continue to grow and thrive as an artist. I want to be challenged, and I hope one day to be able to live solely off my artwork. That would be the dream.