Within minutes of arriving at the Victoria Miro gallery to speak to Chantal Joffe, I’m telling her about my incipient menopause. This leads to a conversation about what it means to be a middle-aged mother (Joffe is 49; her daughter, Esme, is 15) with ageing parents and a sudden sense of urgency about how best to allocate one’s energy.
I have rarely encountered anyone so open, natural and without side…
Image: Portrait of Chantal Joffe in her London studio, 2019
Photography: © Thierry Bal