by Ariadna Zierold
The work of Charles Wilkin is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. He sees it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. From that, he strives to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and within us all, revealing the unknown, the unspoken and intangible things that make us truly human.
For him, collage as a medium replicates this frenetic and inherent collision of people, culture, and emotions we all experience. He believes the true meaning of his work is derived directly from the intertwining of these associations, and the spontaneity of his creative process. This gives his work the freedom to live creatively in the moment, and the ability to respond to current events, despite his imagery being derived primarily from vintage magazines.