In the Studio with Charlotte Evans

A prolonged trip to Asia marked a change in the paintings Charlotte made. Disorientated by a world in parts so recognisable but wholly unknown, she looked for what she might recognise; interactions between people and their worlds. Charlotte tells us a bit about her drawing process.

By Rise Art | 07 Oct 2013
Mekong Delta   Charlotte Evans, Mekong Delta   During the whole process of making work I’m taking photos. It gives me a distance from the work, makes the image smaller, more abstract, allowing me to see it as a whole. I moved to a smaller studio a few years ago and struggled to get the distance from the work that I had grown so used to. Looking is such an important part of making work, before, during and after the work is done. It’s easy to forget how vital it is to sit and look at the work while you are making it, sitting staring long enough so that your look becomes true and objective.   Paddy Cambodia - Charlotte Evans   Charlotte Evans, Paddy, Cambodia   Huangshan Porters - Charlotte Evans   Charlotte Evans, Huangshan Porters   But the process of documenting the work as it develops allows for another freedom. I no longer fear losing areas of work that I like but that may not work with the painting at that time. Or stages that I don’t feel bold enough to let painting rest. I tend not to look back over the evolution of photos until I have finished the painting, referring only to the image of the painting in its current state while working. Once done, and enough time has passed the work has its own life, a presence quite independent of me. But the things I learn from looking back at the process of making the work are carried into the next work, and the work after that. There is something so rewarding about sharing that, too.   Charlotte Evans in the studio    Check out Charlotte's full profile HERE. And if you want to keep track of the best in Art and Design, Take our ART STYLE QUIZ and BECOME A MEMBER. It is free and you'll get access to the best new art from top Museums, Galleries and Artists.

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