Charlotte Develter (b. 1987) was born in Monza, Italy. She received a BA in Painting from La Cambre, Brussels (2011) and was awarded a MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, (2013). She lives and works between Brussels and London.
The work of Charlotte Develter is characterised by layering, as she creates depth and space within her paintings with traces of the digital. Reminiscent of the art of Albert Oehlen and Laura Owens, Develter’s plays with repetition and the aesthetic potential of technology. Contextualising her paintings within a framework which recalls the grids found in gaming and programming, the artists indulges in patterns which encompass a wide range of media.
In 2013 at the 58th edition of the Salon de Montrouge in Paris, Develter exhibited a video which can be read as a meta-artistic statement. Titled Charlotte Museum, it accompanies the viewer along the corridors of a virtual art gallery devoted to Develter’s oeuvre. A computer-generated voiceover guides us through the discovery of the artist’s personal history, demonstrating the ties between her past and her artistic practice. Develter’s evocative abstract paintings are inner landscapes, cerebral spaces of illusion. They depict a mental place where the artist seeks refuge and comfort from a menacing physical world which threatens imminent death.
The highly textured surfaces of Develter’s paintings are soaked with radiant pigment, which interacts with the flatness of the canvas. This results in an illusionistic sense of depth, where the shell-like shapes of marine creatures emerge. Charlotte Museum’s virtual guide interprets the artist’s work as ‘building walls against the death she was perceiving everywhere around her’. The bricks these walls are made of have a collaged, dream-like appearance, constituting surreal windows into Develter’s imagination. In the same video the artist refers to her studio as a cooking space where different ingredients are combined in search of the perfect balance between ‘textures, colours, juicy and dry stuff, salty and sweet, ugliness and beauty, reality and illusion’.