Wild Heart – Charlotte Boyle

Why did you pick this picture?

I picked this artwork because it was one of the first I created after challenging myself to master a different environment.

I love beautifully lit portraiture but, although I had been crafting some images that I was proud of, I never felt particularly comfortable in a studio. All of my travel images are shot using available light, and it’s much more about stepping back and responding to what unfolds around me, rather than directing a controlled set up.

Then, during one workshop I was attending, the model changed into pointe shoes and something clicked into place. For a long time, dance was a huge part of my life, at times training multiple hours every single day, so that language of improvisation and movement is very familiar to me. Using this, I can collaborate with the dancer to try to convey certain emotions, not just via facial expression but through the whole body.

Where did the idea for this art come from?

I’m fascinated by themes of identity, transformation and belonging, so these usually end up creeping into my artwork in various forms.

In particular, I think the frequent synthesis of person, animal and environment is heavily influenced by a childhood spent playing amid the woods and streams of a farm on the Welsh borders. The landscape and culture are steeped in myth, so that awareness of wildness and folklore seems to have sunk into me and never left. This piece was the first where I decided to let that sense of wildness have full reign, and eventually ended up forming a series called Wild Souls.

What does this art mean to you?

I have a diverse background in filmmaking, broadcast, and tech, so I find the photographic process incredibly rewarding as it blends so much of this together. There’s something fascinating about crafting images out of light, especially when it’s something that the human eye might not normally see. For example, high speed photography freezes motion at a fraction of a second, in some instances as small as 1/4000th. Whereas with long exposure, you’re building up layers of light and movement over time to result in something new.

What can you tell us about your self?

I’m a British artist, currently based in the beautiful city of Bristol. So far my artwork has been exhibited in Bristol and London, with a forthcoming show in York in October this year.

Inspired by the fantasy books I read as a child, my artwork merges photographic practice and digital art to craft beautiful ethereal compositions with a painterly aesthetic. Each piece is drawn from a wealth of influences, amalgamating portraiture, vintage fairy tales, and mythology with a background in dance ranging from classical ballet to flamenco.

What more can you tell us about your art?

I love using digital tools to paint over an image with and layer in textures and beautiful colour palettes. Working partly in a virtual environment is a lot more playful for me because I don’t have the fear of ruining the canvas holding me back. Plus, I love that I can sample fire or the texture from a bird’s wing just to see how it interacts with the whole, evolving the look as I go. There are so many ways to imagine a piece. Everything is re-writable, in flux, till the moment the artwork is finished.

To see more of Charlotte’s artwork please follow the link below to see their instagram page

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