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Chromatic Retreat | Modern Times Group Exhibition July 2021

So excited to be part of @moderntimesau upcoming group exhibition ‘Chromatic Retreat’.
Featuring works by 17 artists, the show is opening with a real life opening night (!!) Thursday 1st of July 2021.

“The black and white palette is moody, evocative and nostalgic. Chromatic Retreat showcases the work of 16 Australian artists exploring their practice within the limits of a largely achromatic palette. 
It is fundamentally abstract. It suggests rather than describes. And it has a long history in art – for reasons that range from the conceptual, to the technical to the spiritual, artists have long experimented with the power of removing colour. Chromatic Retreat is a homage to this tradition.”

6 – 8pm, Thursday July 1

Exhibition Dates
July 1 – 13, 2021

Exhibition Sales
Sales will open at 10am on Thursday June 24 via phone and email via Modern Times

Coco Flip interview : Charlotte Swiden on Motherhood and Creativity

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

Read Coco Flip article here

Broadsheet interview : The Melbourne Artist Painting an Imaginary Creature for a Good Cause

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.

Read Broadsheet article here


Me and UooUoo : 150 anniversary Art Trail with Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

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.

‘Talismans, Rafts, Mementos’, some of my thoughts on the Modern Times blog

“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.”

Read more:

Pictured: ‘First Frost’. Acrylic & Oil Pastel on canvas. Framed in Tasmanian Oak. [sold]

Modern Times Group Show 2020

So thrilled to be part of @moderntimesau upcoming group exhibition ‘Talismans, Rafts, Mementos’.
Featuring works by 57 artists, the show is opening online Thursday 19th of November at 7am.
Sneak peeks to follow shortly!

‘Foundations’ Opening Night at Modern Times

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.

Photography @elisescott_creative

MODERN TIMES JOURNAL In Conversation: Charlotte Swiden

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

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