Vivian Charlesworth | Info
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Charlesworth’s objects and immersive environments create a space for physical interplay between the viewer and the artwork. Each piece fosters a sensation of stepping into the middle of a story. In her research-based practice, she critically analyzes material from literature, history, science, philosophy and more. Charlesworth deconstructs this source material into its opposing parts, and then visually reconstruct them to create new meanings and associations.  She uses media in the form of video, audio, electronics and projection.


In order to make the viewer aware of their own gaze, Charlesworth immerses them within fragmented narratives that ask to be reassembled. Each viewer creates their own narrative based on the information they choose to process and engage with.  She inserts the viewer into the position of explorer, bystander or spy, challenging them to interrogate and confront their own presumptions about narrative.


Charlesworth grew up on photographic and movie sets, and has a deep love of artificiality and extreme color. Her elaborate visuals draw upon cinematic and theatrical traditions, as well as early memories of immersion in surreal environments. Charlesworth’s artwork cultivates a space where imagination is the key player, and attempts to lead the viewer away from the familiar, so together both artist and audience become explorers of the uncharted.