Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud’s respective practices are largely figurative. Their work employs allied strategies and materials in which the figure is absent, but nonetheless grounds the work.
Charlton playfully associates surrogates for the body, collected images of cultural artifacts and their politic, and scrapbooking embellishments. She uses collaged elements and stickers for their humor. They also work as a visual shorthand to a commodity politic read off image. The images are dense with particular meanings, but even out of context, they bring the shadow of their histories.
Formally, Doud’s paintings present as abstractions. However, these conceptual abstractions address consumerism, of both fashion and high modernist and faux-action painting, economic and social identities, and the absurd mixing of cultural signs. Branding serves as backdrop to a broader discussion of how commodity signifies.
In ally, Charlton and Doud employ a bricolage aesthetic as they go culturally drifting, borrowing images in an economy of meaning outside their original cultural reference.
Mixed Media Collage
Acrylic Spray Paint, oil Enamel