Hello, I'm Chris Aerfeldt (pronounced Air-felt). I was born in Australia of Estonian parents and now live in the south of France.
I grew up feeling invisible and overlooked.
As a hyper-sensitive, anxious child, and craving to feel 'good enough', I tried to be the best at everything (school, art, singing, tennis). I thought that great accomplishments were the only goals of life. However, inside I was churning with emotions and thoughts, so started making oil paintings in my dad's shed to express what I couldn't say out loud. That's why for me, images speak louder and faster than words.
With pictures I could transform all that was not right in my world.
I 'copied' photos from our kitchen calendar of snow covered Swiss Alps, Arabian horses galloping across the desert, flowing rivers and rocky coastlines, then added pretty girls from the newspaper.
After years of anxiety and competing (I was the worst loser at kids' games), I finally understood that we are all precious just as we are.
I choose 'ordinary' subjects, but turn them into heroic missions
I transform my characters into heroines, and set them off on epic journeys (like in history and mythology paintings) in order to undertake their tasks.
Making Each painting is an act of love and care
It is working to repair something in life that needs fixing, looking at it carefully and sympathetically, wanting to make a better world.
Home is now Montpellier, in the south of France, where I mangle the French language less as time goes by. I also cook a mean Thai curry.
The 'official' bio
Chris Aerfeldt is an award-winning Australian born artist of Estonian parents.
After graduating in Art Education, she side-stepped into high-end fashion design and multi-store retail management before returning to her true passion.
She has won two scholarships - the first from Adelaide Central School of Art to undertake and Honours degree; followed by a highly prized Samstag Scholarship to complete an MFA at Chelsea College of Art in London.
Her work has been exhibited with galleries in Australia, the UK and France, and acquired by private and public collections, including Charles Saatchi, David Roberts, The University of the Arts London, Artbank and The Art Gallery of South Australia.
As well as painting, she produces photographs and digital works.
Home is now beautiful Montpellier in the south of France.
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