Charlotte Winnenbrock (°1997, Germany) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Winnenbrock tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Her artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of social interaction. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces.
The works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. By emphasising aesthetics, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. With a conceptual approach, she wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. To be able to touch the work, as well as to interact with the work is important.
Winnenbrock’s works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, she often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
Her works often radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning.
|1997||born in Haan|
|2008||until 2014 Städtisches Gymnasium Haan|
|2014||until 2015 Freie Kunstschule Köln|
|2015||student of photography and media (B.F.A.) at the University of Fine arts Essen (HBK)|
|2016||Rundgang HBK Essen|
|2017||Rundgang HBK Essen|
|7. Essener Förderpreis 2017|