Photographic giclée print, framed
Edition 1 of 10
H. 29 x w. 21 cm
About Charmagne Coble
Charmagne Coble is a British fine artist living and working in Manchester, UK, who’s practice explores the complex relationship between absence and presence and how difficult it is to separate the two.
After being a witness to her father’s death at 18 years old Charmagne began to use art as a way to express herself, creating a practice focused on loss, trauma and mental health. The artist also confronts the intense subject of eating disorders through mediums of photography, printmaking and found mediums.
By applying chemical experimentation and philosophical research the artist analyses and questions the idea of traces left absent from the human body, creating works formed from decay and grief. Often using her own body as the medium the artist explores bereavement by leaving traces and fragments through powders and chemicals on her skin. Through a process of photography and printmaking Charmagne confronts what life is like after trauma, by entwining domestic and found objects to her practice to create haunting yet beautiful works of decay, grief and loss. With a strong passion for poetry, philosophy and literature the artist creates a harmonious balance of grief and peace in the work, believing “what can be too painful to talk about, the artwork will speak for me”.
The artist wasn’t allowed to study art at A-level because her teacher said she would struggle to keep up and fine art “wasn’t really her thing”. Charmagne now has a Masters Degree in Fine Art and has exhibited across the globe with her latest exhibitions including Sotheby’s, London. Learning to turn pain into power Charmagne continues to exhibit, sell and collaborate her work internationally with mental health charities, organisations, scientists and creatives. The artist also curates exhibitions and co-founded ‘The Impulse Movement’ to virtually bring together a community of artists during and after Covid-19 pandemic.
Where did your relationship with art begin?
C: Ive always been a creative at heart from a young age, as i got older around my teens I realised art was my coping mechanism and form of therapy. My mum had a brain tumour removed when i was 15 and survived, at 18 my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer with 6 months to live. Looking back art was such a from of therapy and helped me express my emotions I struggled to talk about.
Whats been your biggest achievement so far?
C: Being accepted into university to study fine art will always be a personal achievement for me. My dad always wanted to go to university but never got the opportunity, I was the first in my family to accepted into university and it felt so important to me. My art teacher said I would struggle at A-level art and wouldnt accept me onto her course, so to now have a masters degree in fine art is a huge part of my journey.
What are you thinking about when you start making each piece? Do you work in a series?
C: I love to write and learn so my process always begins with literature and research, often researching philosophers and poets. From there I use what I have learnt verbally and create it physically by expressing these feelings onto canvas' and photographs. I do work in a series and overtime build onto that series. I do find though other series are created because of it. Ideas and developments begin flowing and naturally create their own series of works.
How do you decide when a form works?
C: I go with my gut, I feel that eureka moment and things naturally click into place. Its not something i can force or make happen. It's a natural process in my work that happens after continously developing, trying and experimenting with materials and processes. I often work out whats not working at first and question why its not working.
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