Falling Tide began as a documentary of organic matter deposited on the ebb tide. I made a series of explorations into the found algae using a range of pintmaking techniques,
Falling Tide began as a documentary of organic matter deposited on the ebb tide. I made a series of explorations into the found algae using a range of pintmaking techniques, electron microscope imaging, the petrification of samples in fired porcelain, bronze casting, and slip casting.
Initially prints taken directly from the pressed algae were made but to develop ideas of the ocean and the patterns of movement in the liquid world I moved to screen prints and etching. Using the dispersive qualities of liquids for example Indian ink and methylated spirits and soft ground wax with solvent I was able to produce images of shapes dissolving into each other, diffusion and surfaces that melt away. Emerging from these experiments were outlines of bulbous, circular and ovular forms. Similar forms were emerging in drawings I was making of the bulbous shape identifiable on the holdfast of the Kelp.
At this time I was in discussion with marine biologists at Plymouth University as to particular qualities of the samples I was researching and the development of the holdfast as a focus for the work. The holdfast was described to me as an important host for microorganisms and this idea set the direction for the project culminating in the creation of the vessel forms of the installation. Presented as a heaped mass imitating the originals, as they would be found after the ocean has deposited them on the tide line.
Charlotte trained in Ceramics (with Print) at Camberwell College of Art followed by a Junior Fellowship in Ceramics at Cardiff. Returning to her London studio she continued to make sculpture-incorporating plaster, wood and concrete in her work.
After a period out of the studio working in arts administration Charlotte concentrated on printmaking as her working medium at Artichoke Print Studio.
Charlotte lectured at Plymouth College of Art until 2011 when she took an MA in Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University. She works in her studio in Devon.
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B: Studio 1
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN