‘Reflection In A Dark Room’ By Charlotte Fox

b.1994. New York, USA. Charlotte Fox received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Working predominantly with oil, Charlotte’s work playfully explores experiences of repulsion and desire through the lens of fantasy and fragmented or fictionalised self-narrative. Her process uses several visual references such as personal photography, vintage porn and old films and cartoons, which are later digitally collaged together before being painted in oil.

“Taking a voyeuristic approach to understanding one’s own internal fantasy world and history of what compels or repels them- the paintings are pieces of storytelling but not the full story, and perhaps not even a true story. Through hiding or concealing the ‘rest’ of the story there is a transference or even an avoidance in investigating what attracts and what repulses. The subjects of these works often take the forms of warped or bent bodies; pieces of the human form, often in moments of vulnerability or engaging in sexual exploration, as well as semi-anthropomorphised animals and scenes of interior spaces. The subjects reveal themselves as glimpses detached from any anchored setting or substantial landscape. I like to think of them as pockets of lost memories or false dreams that can’t or won’t be fully remembered.”

“Reflection in a dark room:

A little too romantic... maybe you are remembering wrong or maybe you are taking a revisionist approach... maybe you are trying to control the narrative of a dream while on the brink of sleep.

Staring at yourself for so long you become someone else. Doubled, inverted, self obsession or self exploration, and muddled truths. Looking outward sometimes is only in. 

Removing the first layer of skin-below the surface, just underneath, you are stuck between surface and core.

A lingering distortion, yet no light to illuminate, so can you even really see?

This current body of work plays with the idea of the ‘afterimage’ or negative mirror image; attempting to distill the good (the desirable) from the bad (that which repulses), and finding they may be reflections of each other and perpetually enmeshed.”