Artist Nicole Charbonnet is on my mind today. Dawn over at Miss Gracious Living recently posted an ethereal room done up by Gerri Bremermann with a massive Charbonnet painting, and the Mississippi Museum of Art has posted on its Flickr page a tour of the artist's studio. (Looks like some new collectors paid a visit.)
Charbonnet describes her multi-layered, highly textural paintings as being similar to a palimpsest. What's a palimpsest? I'll be honest, I couldn't remember learning that term before so I had to look it up. A palimpsest is something with many complex layers that often obscures and reveals different aspects beneath the surface. It can also be a piece of parchment or a tablet used over and over after earlier writing has been erased.
Charbonnet is interested in memory, hence her fascination with layers, textures and revelation.
Shown at top,
Cowboy No. 4
48 by 60 inches
72 by 96 inches
Arthur Roger Gallery
After putting this post together, I received a kind email from Vogue Living, Australia editor, David Clark. He told me that his March-April issue features a lead-in page focused on the palimpsest concept. Clark asked stylist Helen Redmond to create a 21st-century palimpsest with some of the product he’d been seeing around, including Florence Broadhurst "Arabian Birds" wallpaper and fabric. The photograph was taken by William Meppem.