Cecilia Charlton's work stems from her passion for textiles. Ranging from individual small-scale embroideries to installation, collaborations and performance, she blends elements of needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, and knitting as she ravenously devours any thread-based process. As she intuitively executes an envisioned series of artworks, the specific content of the work emerges; in this way the artwork and the artwork's meaning develop in tandem as a result of the artist's thoughts and emotional state during the time of the making. In her works, the medium of textiles is utilised to study everything from mortality to mental health, colour theory, Depression Era glass, and Renaissance art. Her idiosyncratic blending of textile-based methods and materials with abstraction result in distinctive artworks that have an optically challenging, colourful and playful approach to formalism, while also questioning the hierarchy between paint and fibre. Her meticulous creative process requires an attentiveness, a seriousness, but the implementation of colour and gesture allows for a simultaneous feeling of levity and joy. There is an essential notion of time when viewing the works, as the labor-intensive creative process of sewing slows down the looking process and the stitches invite the looker to linger.
Cecilia Charlton (b. 1985) is a London-based American artist. After graduating highschool, she followed a wandering path: an exchange program in Honduras (where she became a certified PADI SCUBA Divemaster), a scholarship to study engineering (she declined to finish), a silversmithing vocational program, and two year-long pottery apprenticeships which formed a strong foundation for her current studio practice. She received a BFA Painting in 2015 from Hunter College in NYC, graduating summa cum laude, and an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2018. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally; her recent exhibitions include: Parade, curated by Kris Day, Broadway Gallery, UK, 2019; Tender Touches, curated by Ines Neto dos Santos and Huma Kabakci of Open Space Contemporary, AMP Gallery, London, 2019; Grid :: Preset, Blyth Gallery, London, 2019; Lifeline as Medium, 532 Gallery, NYC, 2018; SURGE: The Eastwing Biennial, Courtauld Institute, London, 2018; FAKERS, Thamesside Gallery, London, 2018; Rogue Objects, curated by spaceship, University College London, London, 2018. Some awards include the Fulbright UK Scholarship in 2015 (shortlisted), and the Ellen Battel Stockel Fellowship as part of the Yale University Norfolk Residency in 2014.