Charlotte Vitaioli

Charlotte Vitaioli studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in  Quimper and currently lives in Rennes where she was born in 1986. Since then, her work has been able to develop with a great diversity of means. The artist shows herself as  comfortable in the conception of polyptychs with huge  formats as she can use lighter means in the realization of objects or paintings with more modest dimensions.
By remaining interested in performance art, which she practiced during her studies, just as she can use artisanal techniques for her artistic approach today, Charlotte Vitaioli seizes all the means of expression at her disposal and thus shakes up the agreed hierarchies between the fine arts, the decorative arts and the applied arts.
Her iconographic sources draw on multiple references to mythologies and artistic culture of the 19th century, to which she often mixes more immediately contemporary images. She uses traditional skills to make objects, stained glass, paintings on silk, ceramics and embroidery, and she can also be involved in a plant installation or in video films. Charlotte Vitaioli’s
singularity lies in her great capacity to compose smoothly with the circumstances that present themselves to her, without denying her imagination and her taste for a history of the arts that summons the English neo-Gothic, the German Bauhaus or the popular Amerindian arts, among others. Paradoxically, the technical as well as visual disparities of his productions end up elaborating a personal universe imbued with melancholy which reveals its coherence during his exhibitions.
Her pictorial research has led her to produce dreamlike and distanced paintings, inspired by Japanese prints as well as the landscapes of Henri Rivière. One finds in her works this simplification of landscapes which had allowed to bring together in an exhibition in
Switzerland the paintings of Félix Vallotton and those of Alex Katz. Like elementary icons of stereotyped landscapes, his paintings, falsely paradisiacal, mask a secret haunting of the time which flees, because his practice, using the gouache to simplify the motives, aims well to evoke the fragile  appearances of these serene moments spent to contemplate the nature.
 
Jacques Py
 
Art Contemporain Aix-en-Provence