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Emotion and Reaction: Film and Media Art by Charlotte Clermont

A film still of an abstracted flowerDream Less (Super 8 film still)

Charlotte Clermont is a Canadian sound and video artist. In her current practice, Charlotte investigates ideas about the passage of time and our experience of it, often using analogue recording devices and collaborating with fellow artists to showcase her subject matter through a lens of emotion and reaction

 

dream less

 

There’s a subdued, quiet quality to Charlotte’s entire portfolio -- one that asks the viewer to examine their own feelings and responses to the visual and aural content presented, rather than being given any definite clues or pre-scripted entry points. The artist’s works do the interesting work of creating abstraction out of a medium that has an inherent bias toward the documentary. 


The front page of Charlotte Clermont's art portfolio websitewww.charlotteclermont.com

 

Recent works, like 2020’s Dream Less, use a combination of surreal, fragmented visuals and unfamiliar, even slightly eerie soundtracks to build up an overall atmosphere of esoteric thought. The works seem to exist outside of the often narrative space of film and video, instead becoming almost like moving, changing paintings or photographs.


A film still featuring stacked mandarin oranges in black and whitewhere i don't meet you (Super 8 film still)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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