Charlotte Angel - Artist

Abstract Waterscapes and Spacescapes

Artist’s Statement

Current Works: My current series focuses on the movement of water, the movement created by lunar gravity, and the layers of life and structures – animals, plants and rocks – that exist beyond the surface that is normally experienced by the human eye, and to express the way energy moves through water to create waves and tides.  Through the use of small collage elements, I also hope to expand composition elements to take advantage of modern scientific advances in the area of visual perception.

Pink Float_Charlotte Angel

Other Recent Abstract Works:  My recent abstract works are explorations of single objects – wood, water, stone, paper – their qualities, interactions with natural forces and the life and energy contained under the visual surface.

Techniques/Process:  My current works are acrylic and collage on panels or canvas that I create by making a mosaic of multiple layers of paint and collage pieces that are treated with various texture-making applications to make art that provides intense viewer interest in constructing the levels of images presented.  I develop images and composition intuitively, based on rough initial sketches of values and notan (picture space controlled by black shapes on white) possibilities, and building up layers of paint and collage.

Influences:  Matisse collages and Gaudi broken tile mosaics.  My work is influenced, in a contrary way, by Matisse.  Where he strove to simplify his collage works into patterns created from shapes of pure, single colors, I seek to create pictures with a tapestry of shapes and layers of shattered colors in a manner similar to the broken mosaics of Gaudi.

Art Philosophy: In the 1960’s, a Russian psychologist, Alfred Yarbus, experimented and documented the way people view and process paintings.  His findings were published in 1967 as Eye Movement and Vision.  His work debunked permanently the classical theories of the way the human eye moves through a picture.

I hope to use the findings of Dr. Yarbus’s experiments, and other more contemporary sources, to develop a new method of composing pictures to take advantage of the way the human brain actually examines images. 

Future Works:  As my Wave Dances series progresses, I hope to incorporate ideas concerning the movement of energy through water, increasing the number of layers of seeing, the depth of life supported by water and the development of composition based on knowledge about the way the human brain processes pictures as discovered by the work of Alfred Yarbus,  and how that affects picture composition.

Early Works: Beauty and the Beast series; Death Hold My Hand series; Dracula illustrations project; and works in color pencil.