- Art & Design
A passion for texture lies at the heart of Swedish Rebecca Charlez's unique artworks. Her works and paintings are all monochrome, sculptural gems that are a unique addition to any interior.
As a child, Charlez visited many exhibitions of different artists. She is now known for her impressive paintings, which are anything but standard. The unique works have an almost sculptural character due to the different textures used by the artist, which often create a three-dimensional look. Although the works are sometimes large in size and have a rough appearance, they are also soft and minimalistic, thanks to the use of monochrome colours and organic shapes.
‘I find inspiration in nature, especially at the coast. Water in all its forms fascinates me.’
All the works are handmade with different materials and techniques, which gives rise to various imperfections such as cracks or unevenness. These are deliberately preserved, however, so that the natural form of the work comes into its own. ‘At the moment I like to work with muted tones in a monochrome colour scheme. I like to add contrast in texture and form and work with materials that feel raw and honest so you can see the work is handmade. I often wonder if I am shaping the artwork, or if the artwork is shaping me. Maybe both.’ The use of these different materials and textures creates a rough look and a certain layering that adds an extra dimension to the works. ‘I am fascinated by rough, worn materials. When every surface around you is flat, straight and new, I feel I need to add something patinated, organic and not so perfect to balance the dullness and lack of rusticity and make the space warmer and more welcoming. I think a lot of people are looking for unique, personal items to soften up their home, just like I did.’ Materials are a big inspiration for Charlez, but she also finds it elsewhere. ‘I find inspiration in nature, especially at the coast. Water in all its forms fascinates me. How it flows and always finds its own way is very inspiring to me. Like a peaceful stream of water that naturally takes the shape of the forest it flows through.’ Making art herself, the artist also sees it as a fluid, flowing movement. ‘For me, making art is all about intuition and flow. It's hard sometimes, but I try not to think too much about my work. I like to work on several ongoing pieces. New working material, like a blank canvas, is a new opportunity,’ she says.’
In the future, the artist wants to create more in a sustainable way and work more with upcycling. ‘Starting the creative process with limited supplies is challenging and forces you to think in new ways and that is how we develop as creative minds and people.’ We look forward to seeing more of her impressive and unique works. Do you want to know more about Rebecca Charlez? Read the full article in Imagicasa Summer 2022.
Images courtesy of Rebecca Charlez