A Journey with Charlotte - Charlotte De Cock
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A Journey with Charlotte

Bela Lugosi's Dead, acriylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017

Desert Raven, acrilic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2017

A forest, acrilic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017

Shine on You Crazy Diamond, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017

Blue Moon, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017

This Must Be the Place, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017

I Can’t Live in a Living Room, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017

Friend, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017

Goodbye Horses (I), acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2017

Goodbye Horses (II), acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2017

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017

Los niños del parque, acrilic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017

Street Hassle Pt. I - Pt. II, acrilic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2017 - 250 x 150 cm, 2017

Mellow Yellow, acrilic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017

Water and wind, sand and snow, roads and stars: on a trip with Charlotte De Cock means to find yourself amidst the grand plains of nature, of life, of existence, whether it concerns the oceans, deserts and wildernesses, rocky mountains, frozen snowscapes, endless roads, the sweltering firmament, the sky at night. Always, she brings / leads you in / to the middle of an overwhelming land-/sea-/skyscape … where man nothing and nature is everything.

And yet, in these overwhelming surroundings, as a star entering the stage, little Charlotte, with her lithe, mercurial body, masters the scene, as if these immense, ancient surroundings have been waiting an eternity for her to appear. She is not being crushed or swallowed, reduced to nothing by these immensities, and maybe that is because she doesn’t intrude, or wants to conquer them, but enters them cautiously and respectfully, as a cat, letting nature come to her, enter her.

As I mentioned already, Charlotte constantly portrays herself, picturing the world around her through these portraits; even her depictions of objects, landscapes, seascapes, still lives, or other people are, in a way, projected self-portraits. Reflections of her inner world projected on, or summarized in those pictures.

And sometimes, she reduces her presence incertain tableaux to a part of the environment, especially if she wants to make a statement, usually of an environmental nature, even when the focus is one particular element: Charlotte. Thus she plays a kind of ping pong with herself and the environment, and with the spectator: ping-pong-pang! In that kind of triangle one never knows if the next move is to the right or the left, putting one on the wrong track, something painters love to do. To accomplish this she constantly photographs her subjects, returning to locations she visited years before, armed with camera and pictures, making pictures of pictures, confronting the subject with its past, playing ping pong with time.

Charlotte De Cock paints as a fighter, fighting openly, honest and straightforward, contrary to the way she approaches her subjects, surrendering herself completely, trying to identify herself with them, absorbing them or letting herself being absorbed, especially in her trips to the Southwest of the USA. (léon lemahieu)

A Journey with Charlotte series:

  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017
  • Desert Raven, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2017
  • A Forest, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Shine on You Crazy Diamond, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017
  • Blue Moon, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017
  • This Must Be the Place, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • I Can’t Live in a Living Room, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Friend, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2017
  • Goodbye Horses (I), acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2017
  • Goodbye Horses (II), acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Los niños del parque, acrilic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Street Hassle Pt. I – Pt. II, acrilic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2017 – 250 x 150 cm, 2017
  • Mellow Yellow, acrilic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017