Winston Wachter Fine Art is excited to present a digital exhibition of mixed media paintings by Nicole Charbonnet. While creating these works, Charbonnet took inspiration from John Ashbery’s poem “Late Echo.” The line that specifically stood out to her was, “It is necessary to write about the same old things…repeating the same things over and over. For love to continue and be gradually different.” This body of work explores themes of how memory and repetition are intertwined in one another.
Nicole Charbonnet’s process of painting is similar to the way a memory is created. Her paintings are made up of multiple layers that build upon each other creating a unique depth and dimension. Each piece is layered with collage, paint, modeling paste, marble dust, plaster and charcoal. She adds and subtracts from the works by sanding, scraping, carving and repainting. The basis of the paintings show a repetitive pattern that is then distorted by the layers that are built on top of one another. This is similar to how a memory is formed from repetition, but as time progresses on it shifts and distorts.
Nicole Charbonnet is a New Orleans-based artist who got her B.A from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A from Boston University. Her work has been shown throughout the United States including Seattle, Louisiana, Georgia, and California. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.