Charlotte Apers s an artist from the Netherlands focused on illustration, in all it’s forms, and animation. She mostly works on her own projects, such as illustration series for exhibitions, animated short films, wallpaintings, GIF’s, zines, and is tattooing at Papanatos Tattoos.
Her work defines itself by the mix of different kinds of materials and its poetic and melancholic atmosphere, where a touch of surrealism and mystery always looks around the corner.
Often Inspired by the strange world we live in, where nothing is what is seems to be and everyone secretly dreams of another world, she tries to translate the feelings of doubt, change and planning for a way to escape in her work.
We asked her to react to three quoties by creative greats:
“One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges.”
– Ron Howard
True. I believe it works like this in any form of art. Mostly every project you’re going to be working on is something else. Therefore new challenges will occur that you’ll have to figure out how to do. You will never be a master!
“The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning.”
– Paul Gauguin
I guess some people might think that would be nice. But indeed impossible. And I believe most people who pursue art don’t think about it this way. Because without the process of endlessly doing, trying, persisting and therefore learning the work of an artist simply can’t exist. It wouldn’t be what is is now, its part of what makes an artists work so interesting. I think the work of interesting artists keeps evolving and changing because of this reason. Without change there’s stagnation. And that’s boring and monotonous. Growth is learning and learning is growth.
“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
I do believe art is a very interesting way of communicating knowledge. It can be a very important reflection of current politics and affairs like a digestive system I guess haha. Processing the world in its stomach, pooping it out and mirroring/ projecting it back to the world. And because of it’s very strong, personal, emotional way it can touch people at their core or inspire people and unite people (with any medium imaginable!) it plays a big role in creating awareness or educating about the world. Art can do the job of playing with knowledge on a primitive level, speaking to people’s childlike imagination and wonder, with their urge to understand and learn about the word around them.
Image header: Rutger-Jan Cleiren