I’ve realised that it’s easy to be fixated on outcome, output, and deadlines, at least when you are trying to turn your creativity in to something to live from. With my painting, I’m trying to keep it in a sphere where I have room to play, fail, try new things, and not restrict myself too much by the expectations of myself or others. I’m hoping that by doing so, I’ll do better work.
This week I had the pleasure to be interviewed by my good friend Kate Stokes aka Coco Flip. Kate and I have known each other for a long time and shared many of the challenges (and fun times!) of balancing creativity, small business and parenting along the way. Besides being an incredible soulful human, Kate also happens to be one of my favourite designers. Her eye for form, timelessness and beauty is inimitable.
Of all the thing motherhood has thought me, maybe the most important lesson is how much my community of fellow mamas mean to me. So much love and respect for all of you. xx
An in-demand designer and painter, Charlotte Swiden is sharing her art in the public space for the first time as part of a new Melbourne art trail. In partnership with The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, we speak to her about the lasting impact of public art and the importance of contributing to a good cause.
So wonderful to see this article about the UooUoo I painted in support of Royal Children Hospital Foundation and their 150 Anniversary art trail. Very thankful to have Broadsheet as my sponsor on this adventure.
As a little bonus I created a colouring in of the artwork in collaboration with Broadsheet, you can download at it at the end of the article.
The RCH 150 Anniversary Art Trail is finally going live! You will find my UooUoo in the Fitzroy Gardens the 20th Jan – 21 March. 100 artists will be featured across Melbourne and Geelong. I’m so immensely proud to be part of this exhibition supporting The Royal Children’s Hospital and Foundation, helping to raise funds and change the future of paediatric healthcare in generations to come.
The sculptures were all painted during winters first lockdown restrictions. Blue Event Productions doing an incredible job keeping us all on strict painting schedules in small groups to stay covid safe. This is the warehouse where we were painting. It was an amazing space but OMG it was cold! I wore long johns, woollen socks, 3 jumpers and a beanie and I was still an icy pole every day I finished my shift. It was such an incredible experience though and I got to meet a few of the wonderful artists behind some of the UooUoo’s.
The exhibition was suppose to take place in September but due to lockdown restrictions we all get to enjoy it now instead!
To get started, download the app, study the map, put on some comfortable shoes, grab a friend and start exploring the streets of Melbourne and Geelong.
“The multi-layered paintings of Charlotte Swiden speak of dreams of a far-away homeland, Malmö in Sweden, through an intricate play of shape and colour.
‘I began to visit my home town Malmö more frequently in my sleep and felt further away than ever, aching for my family and homeland. But at the same time I’ve felt a real kinship with my new country,’ explains Charlotte.”
Throughout 2020 the 57 artists used their practice to make sense of what was happening around them. Talismans, Rafts, Mementos celebrates this rich vein of creative output representing both the psychological and physical artefacts that have surfaced during this time.”
Pictured: ‘First Frost’. Acrylic & Oil Pastel on canvas. Framed in Tasmanian Oak. [sold]
Thank you so much to everybody to came out last night for the opening of ‘Foundations’.
I clearly had a blast!
To Amy and Joel, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to show my work at Modern Times.
And a very special thanks to the amazing curator and artist, Sarah Kelk,
for being so supportive and wonderful through this whole process.
The exhibition is open now until March 8.
A nice little interview with Modern Times up on their Journal today
We’re delighted to kick off our 2020 exhibition calendar with a solo show from Melbourne-based, Swedish artist Charlotte Swidentitled Foundations.
After a 10-year hiatus from painting, Charlotte returns to her roots with this stunning body of work – a series of abstract paintings in a muted earthen palette.
Here on the journal, she talks us through how her heritage and love for Scandinavia will always inform her work, and her ongoing fascination with languages.
Full article here: Modern Times
Stoked to see ‘Foundations’ featured on The Design Chaser today!
MODERN TIMES PRESENTS FOUNDATIONS BY CHARLOTTE SWIDEN
After a 10-year hiatus, Charlotte Swiden has returned to painting with her exhibition Foundations, opening at Modern Times on Thursday 27th February. Charlotte’s disciplined approach to composition and colour, honed as a graphic designer, has transmuted into something softer and closer to nature – a series of abstract paintings that pulsate with motifs of plants, primitive figures and intimations of landscape, rendered in a muted earthen palette.
Charlotte grew up in Sweden, moving to Australia in 2005, and describes her work as an interplay of these two identities, two cultures and the tension that lies between the two. “Some of the themes in my works are stories around that identity split. Some are around nostalgia from home; being immersed in nature, a community and a solid social infrastructure.”
The mood of each painting shifts along a scale of emotion. The artworks I’ve picked out to share are some of my favourites from the beautiful body of work. I especially love the softer muted tones, and rounded abstract figures such as Midnight Sun (above), and Mother Moon (below).
See the full article here: thedesignchaser