FEATURED ARTIST | CHARLOTTE CARON
Charlotte Caron’s body of work uncovers the duality of the human psyche through seemingly bizarre animal on human portraiture. These portraits, which seem to take on a life of its own, unravel the different selves we adopt in everyday life situations. Her inclination towards the human body and anatomy, explored through the extensive use of colours and mediums, are a result of her desire to infuse new identities to her subjects.
Tell us more about your practise, when did you start painting and what are the artistic processes involved in producing each series? My passion for art and mostly painting, developed in the early years of my life. I work in a very impulsive manner. My ideas are transformed into reality while I create. Your question is hard to answer as I consider everything in our daily life can be a source of inspiration. Any detail, place or artwork can haunt you deep inside. Your brain keeps and stores so much information… when you create, you hardly remember where it all comes from.
Which piece is your favourite and why? I don’t have a favourite piece. Each one is different from the rest. I keep one painting with me, from the “Vanité” série. I need it when I seem to lack inspiration.
The “Portraits” série caught my eye when I first discovered your wor+. Could you share with us how this idea developed? I created this série while I was in my third year pursuing a diploma. I worked on the mask thematic which used to fascinate me. It covers a man’s face, makes his identity disappear and then allow the mask holder to actually be himself ––all of this without any judgment because we cannot identify him anymore.
I wanted to put together mask and body: two different supports and textures. The photo shows the body, and the painting shows the object (the mask). We are in the duality of two mediums so different, but in this série, the painting and the photo are one.
What inspires you as an artist? I’ve always loved art history. The Romantic and Renaissance periods have always resounded with me. I love and respect artists such as Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Phillipe Cognée, Zao Wou ki, Hokusai… there are so many of them!
Text: Nadirah Nazaraly
More of Charlotte’s work can be found on her website.