Chantal Rens (1981, Etten-Leur) received her BFA at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Her work consists mainly of analog collages with photography as a starting point and artists’ books.
Since 2008 she works together with artist / cartoonist Gummbah on the project Nobody Forever, a collection of handmade sweaters with apodictic slogans like KARL MARX IS MY BITCH and OUR SUCCESS IS OUR SUCCESS which resulted in 2008 in the publication Nobody Loves Me (2nd revised edition 2013). In 2014 they founded the small publishing house PANTOFLE BOOKS in Tilburg.
Her book YOU RUN AROUND TOWN LIKE A FOOL AND YOU THINK THAT IT’S GROOVY YOU RUN AROUND TOWN LIKE A FOOL AND YOU THINK THAT IT’S GROOVY – a collection of 100 collages of animals balancing alcoholic drinks on their backs – was said to be ‘perhaps the most superfluous but absolutely the most funny book of 2016 ‘.
Cats and Dogs in the Window is an ongoing photography project in which Rens takes photographs of – as the title indicates – cats and dogs in the window frame of their home. 4 parts have been published since 2016 (daily oploads on instagram).
In 2018 she published two books: COMMON SENSE IS A HUNGY BITCH, an array of 50 collages surrounded by carefully juxtaposed spot colours that bring you deeper into the spreads where each image begs a double-take and Various Animals, a board book with 12 full-page collaged photographs of weird and wonderful animals.