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During the last fifty years, Charlotte Wilson-Hammond has used her body as a way of accessing the strength, sensuality, vulnerability, beauty, and now the fragility of the female form, all part of the eternal cycle of birth, growth, regeneration, and death.

In 2015, Charlotte began a new series of conté drawings and shadow photograph/print/drawings, once again using herself as the subject. In this work, Wilson-Hammond reflects on the fragility, vulnerability and yet the beauty and strength of this timeless human condition, noting that one of the most mystifying aspects of aging is that one’s presence is diminished within the general public, often to the point of invisibility.

Three years in creation, the exhibition consists of large (36 x 59 inch) drawings using photographs of Charlotte’s shadow in the landscape. After digital manipulation, the resulting images are printed on semi-transparent mylar at reduced saturation, then the entire surface is worked with coloured pencil. She thinks of Mylar as a skin, and connects its transparency to the quality of shadows.

The work connects a 50-year career of making art using the female body “as it relates to the landscape, and I view the land as a body as well, so they are connected in a very integral way,” says the artist.

About the Artist

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

In 1971, Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, aged thirty, emerging as a professional artist with work in an avant garde Toronto gallery, forsook her home in Toronto to move with her husband and young family to Clam Harbour on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Fifty years later, she is able to look back on a long, exploratory and successful but not yet ended career as an artist and arts advocate. In 2004 she won the Portia White Award “in recognition of her outstanding artistry, honouring her many contributions to arts and culture, and crossing cultural borders in Nova Scotia and beyond”. With her latest work ‘In/Visible’, she has in a sense come full circle, examining with insight and honesty her aging body and the landscape she lives in, with the same spirit, if not the same speed, as she did with a younger body when first encountering the rugged beauty of the Eastern Shore.

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