ECHOLOCATION: Charlotte Edey Opens Solo Show at PUBLIC Gallery, London
These works expand themes that have interested Edey throughout her career – identity, spirituality and femininity – prompting an exploration of how we navigate our environment. Departing from depictions of female forms inhabiting a space, feminine iconography forms the entire environment of the series.
Edey comments: "Employing organic symbolism and traditionally gendered mediums, such as embroidery, weaving and textile, the fabrics of the world are shaped by the idea of femininity and how it intersects multiple facets of identity. Punctuated by curls and waves, anthropomorphic landscapes and atmospheres speak to expanding beyond the body."
Her subjects inhabit what Edey describes as a 'dual dimension'; the transitional space where opposites meet while existing in a delicate equilibrium. The works draw from the artist's consciousness as each piece explores our interactions with the world around us.
"Most of the exhibition is concerned with articulating and reconciling conflict. The title, Echolocation describes using echoes to understand your environment, alluding to the exploration of the inner world and its connection to the universal. Recurrent use of blue reflects the partition between the spiritual and the artificial, between the sublime and the uncanny."
Across the series, a desire for harmony communicates through curvilinear landscapes and symmetry of form. Meanwhile, Edey's attempt to resolve division manifests within the physical nature of the works. Blurred distinctions between synthetic and natural processes appear as drawings, which translate via a digital jacquard loom to woven tapestry, alongside hand-embroidery and hand-weavings.
Charlotte Edey's exhibition, Echolocation, opens September 4th and is on view through September 31, 2019.