Amsterdam / 2016
Charise’s endeavours have brought us award-winning children’s books, collaborations with Hans Christian Andersen medal winners and exhibitions of her written word in The Eric Carle’s Picture Book Art Museum.
In 2007, Charise decided to further test her artistic talent. Her end goal being to illustrate her own children’s books. As she worked deeper into this new artistic process, first with acrylic paint and then with oil, her original desire to communicate stories with words moved to fantasy-filled expressions of color that were hidden between paintbrush strokes. Viewing her work, one can see hints of secrets left to uncover.
3-D Wall Sculptures
In 2010 Charise was a guest in the classroom of Professor Tal R at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. This experience was an excavation, so to speak. If the most important aspect in modernism is self-discovery or self-revelation, then something became apparent for her. Charise decided to leave painting and began work in a completely new direction.
As an autodidact, Charise doesn’t allow rules. She likes surprise and attempts to orchestrate things so that the unexpected is invited. Charise has created an artistic language, giving playful narratives tactile qualities. Her work is a mixture of over-exaggeration and simple familiarity. She uses commonplace materials as artful components to influence light, shadow, colour and movement. Charise’s sculptural 3D wall art has dimension, life, brilliance. The animated qualities offer a persistent element of indulgence. Charise has managed to engage us with her work by quickening our senses and adding visual excitement to spaces.