A partial exhibition of fibre based sculptures by Charlotte Blake created during the pandemic and successive lockdowns. ‘External Influences’ explores the effect of situational cognizance on the act of making art. The process of making can be a monotonous one, one without clear thought or intent, in which the maker looses themselves in the process and decisions feel intuitive. This work attempts to challenge the idea of intuitive work by the presence of external stimulus in the form of news. Throughout a large part of the creation of this work, news coverage of world events was played in the background. Through the process of labour these pieces are a direct visual response to concurrent events while experiencing the pandemic from the bubble of isolation.
Charlotte has combined loom weaving and basketry techniques and materials to explore ways of pushing dimensionality on a typically two-dimensional medium (loom weaving). Pieces are woven on a floor loom using cotton and rattan reed and then manipulated off loom to create form. Collaborating on some of the pieces is Kate Tessier, industrial and lighting designer.