A DAY AT HOME
A Day at Home playfully explores the relationship between the imagined and the real within the context of the home. She loosely parallels the writer and the housewife as figures struggling to distinguish between the two. Their identities dissolving within the huis-clos of their setting and imaginings. The black and white images, shot on medium format film and shown within the context of their original negative, are like surreal fragments of a dream or nightmare. Using long and double exposures as well as props and distorting mirrors, her camera becomes a portal into the mind of a fictional character.
IN AND OUT OF SPACE
In and Out of Space is a photographic series, which renders affectionate homage to Stanley Kubrick to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of his death.
The eerie black and white images, shot on medium format film, capture a space / time capsule where past and future cross each other without really meeting. Using long and multiple exposures, Colbert further collapses time onto itself, bringing the universe, its bright stars and milky galaxies, into the space of human ruin.
Studies is a series of photographic works. Colbert’s use of long exposures, plays with the photographic medium’s unique ability to capture, freeze and render visible the passing of time. The image becoming like a glimpse into the forth dimension -time collapsing on itself, becomes inseparable from the space around it.
Here the figures and bodies are pushed towards abstraction, giving them a painterly quality, which Colbert further emphasises in her development process. Creating her own photographic paper, she applies the emulsion roughly so that the brush strokes are visible and integrated to the print, each of which is unique as a result.
A new series by Charlotte Colbert, playfully explores the relationship between the chemicals of the photographic process and the chemicals of our mind and bodies. It looks to establish a unified synergy between the mind and image, the physical and metaphysical.
The photographic technique Charlotte Colbert employs for this body of work happens exclusively in the dark room. It is a very unique and hands-on process, which combines photograms, medical slides and liquid light. The artist describes the process as “ritualistic”, cleaning the paper, then painting it in the dark room, setting it to dry on large wooden boards and finally staging and exposing it.
Digitalization poses the question of identity in a fresh light. How does co-existing in different worlds, the 3D physical world and the “other” virtual world affect our sense of self? Where do our bodies begin and end? What new senses are available to a human who is such a concentrated blend of matter and media? In what space does ‘the other’ exist? In their physical presence or in the “nowhere” space? Ordinary Madness toys with these questions. The idea originated as Colbert was having a drink with a friend. A butterfly landed on the window and her mesmerized two-year-old reached over, pressed her fingers against the glass, and tried to zoom into the creature to make it bigger. She was completely baffled by the simplicity of this gesture, which collapsed the physical 3D world and the digital 4D world in an in an instant.
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