Charlotte Cullen United Kingdom
Artist and researcher Charlotte Cullen creates environments grounded in the land, working through sculpture, installation and text.
Artist and researcher Charlotte Cullen creates environments grounded in the land, working through sculpture, installation and text. Scavenged and ephemeral materials entwine with formal material enquiries in metal and clay. Site is enacted as geological space for excavation, symbiotic (un)learning, resistance and healing. Intergenerational trauma, sickness and the body are manifest as material, physical encounters.
Recent sculptures The Retreat of the Warrior seek to find safety and a place to heal from the ground, to take respite so to fight again. The work is weed like, finding methods and materials from the ground to build and restore. Twigs become additional limbs, protruding from a metal vertebrate to make new appendages, clay is dug from the ground to heal wounds, while broken materials from man-made waste create hybrid new attack strategies in the warrior’s arsenal.
A member of artist-led studio and project space serf, Leeds, Cullen is involved in serf off-site projects and serf school, serf’s peer to peer learning programme. Previously they were founder and curator of U N N A W A Y, Huddersfield. Their research considers a material repositioning of artist-led practice and ecologies. They completed their practice led PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 2018.