Curated Member Showcase August 2020 - Charlotte Roseberry

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Aug 28th 2020

We will showcase three Visual Arts Scotland members bi-monthly, spotlighting their work & practice.

These showcased members will be chosen by a guest curator. The invited curator will select makers & artists that interest them from our amazing membership. This will be based on a theme of their choice. 

 


August 2020

Curator: Stuart Bennett, Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Theme: Touch

Stuart Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), University of Edinburgh, where he teaches Fine Art and is currently working on ECA’s Summer 2020 graduate showcase and events. He is a Trustee of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and recently joined the Board of Trustees for Collective, Edinburgh. Stuart has developed exhibitions and location specific projects and has written and spoken about his work nationally and internationally. His work as an artist and educator is concerned with the activity, environment and tools of making and how the experience of creating things can be demystified. 

The first of Stuart's three choices is Charlotte Roseberry

"I decided to think about ‘touch’ as a way of determining who to highlight – it’s been on my mind quite a lot during lockdown and I wrote about it for Susannah Beaumont’s Design Exhibition Scotland website at the start of the Covid-19 restrictions. https://www.designexhibitionscotland.co.uk/dont-touch/

All three chosen artists have touch and trace at the core of their work and offer salve and respite in these difficult and unprecedented times. Charlotte through her hard-edged, trace of hand motifs and abstractions that visually jolt us to attention, reminding us of our own presence and meaning."

 


"My practice is an ongoing exploration into graphic surrealism, ambient clashes and sporadic outbursts.

My work is experimental; I am interested in the process of painting, the material itself and the ways it can manifest but also the constraints it propagates. The imagery within my paintings is made up of motifs; semi organic marks and  forms. These are like letters or symbols. They allow me to compose short sentences. They are my workings out, sums, trying to decipher and understand things, breaking large ideas into their most simplest of displays, almost into ideograms.

I am in constant reflection about our place in the universe; our significance or insignificance. I enjoy trying to capture a sense of humanity in a space like void, a sense of humour in an oxygenless vacuum. Portholes of flat space and monolithic or phallic shapes regularly make an appearance within my compositions. They become methods of transportation through space and time while acting as a symbol for flesh, the soul, the human journey."

 

Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education

I completed a BTEC National Diploma at City of Sunderland College then went on to get my BA Honours Degree in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2013.

 

Could you describe your practice?

My practice is an ongoing exploration into graphic surrealism, ambient clashes and sporadic outbursts. My work is experimental; I am interested in the process of painting, the material itself and the ways it can manifest but also the constraints it propagates. The imagery within my paintings is made up of motifs; semi organic marks and forms. These are like letters or symbols. They allow me to compose short sentences. They are my workings out, sums, trying to decipher and understand things, breaking large ideas into their most simplest of displays, almost into ideograms. I am in constant reflection about our place in the universe; our significance or insignificance. I enjoy trying to capture a sense of humanity in a space like void, a sense of humour in an oxygenless vacuum. Portholes of flat space and monolithic or phallic shapes regularly make an appearance within my compositions. They become methods of transportation through space and time while acting as a symbol for flesh, the soul, the human journey.”

 

What are your art influences? Which contemporary artists/makers do you admire and why?

Even though my own work is very much abstract and minimal, I am drawn to and inspired by more figurative art. Currently I’m really excited by the works of painters like Vivian Greven, Julie Curtiss, Mamma Andersson and Hayv Kahraman. Their work is all different stylistically, but they share this kind of aesthetic potency which I find really appealing. It’s all really tangible and human, yet feels transcendental in some way.

 

What makes a good day in the studio for you?

With two kids its more like nights in the studio! If I can leave feeling like I have moved forward in some way then that’s enough for me at the moment. Though there are definitely a lot of backwards days.

 

In the studio – music, audiobook, podcast, Radio or silence?

Radio 6, always.

 

What is coming up next for you and where can we see more of you work?

It’s all a bit of an unknown at the moment. Lockdown has been a productive time for me in terms of making new work, and I was fortunate enough to have received funding before everything went tits up. But all of the planned exhibitions are cancelled or postponed, so I currently have some finished large canvas’ invading my studio space, watching and waiting..

https://www.charlotteroseberry.work/

Read more about Charlotte here

 

 



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