CHARLOTTE MEI

Charlotte Mei

When did you start painting, drawing and creating and what pushed you towards it?

Ive always drawn and painted, it was my biggest joy as a child. I feel very lucky to be able to pursue it even now, but i can't imagine doing anything else.

 

How do you find the balance between the vision you have and the mediums you are using?

My process is quite exploratory, and actually usually the process defines the outcome. Gesture is important and mistakes are an integral part of my creative process. I let mistakes and unexpected moments lead the outcome.

Charlotte Mei
Charlotte Mei

What inspired your style of work? Are there any particular artists, photographers, painters, drawers, designers or architects you look up to? 

I grew up loving anime, so that was a big creative influence; Pokemon, Akira and Ghost in the shell. I would copy the characters and make my own fan art. Growing up I loved Picasso’s ceramics, Matisse’s tender paintings, and Paula Rego’s emotionally charged printwork.

 

Charlotte Mei

Would you say that there is a main thread connecting all your artworks and if so, which is it? 

Colour is super important to me and I think thoughtful colour combinations can feel very emotional. I often think of colours first before anything. When I am not working to a brief, my work is a practice. I am always practicing to try and get better, find new ways to describe something. I am making a lot of still life paintings at present. I use this to practice looking at the world around me, and capturing the beauty of flowers and plants which are vibrant and alive; interesting shapes, ever day objects, and the space where all these intersect.

 

Charlotte Mei

What would be the dream collaboration?

I want to collaborate with other artists doing exciting things! Designers, writers, musicians. Collaboration take you new places. I would love to work on a garments/ textiles collection which is locally and ethically sourced all the way down the supply chain - fast fashion and consumption at the expense of human welfare bothers me a great deal. I'd also like to work on large, immersive experience art one day!

Charlotte Mei
Charlotte Mei
Charlotte Mei