My project is a material performance that uses light as a tool for mark-making. By using a magnifying glass on sunny days, I engrave words and phrases onto scraps of wood. I’m interested in playing with the context of numinous phrases by isolating words from their original source, and creating objects that hold a monumental character. I learned this process of solar engraving at a summer church camp when I was a kid. I have invited other people in Atlantic Canada to create using this simple, yet mesmerizing material performance. Due to the outlandish way of mark-making, the pressure to produce something visually attractive is lower, promoting an intuitive and experimental way of creating.
CHARLOTTE MAY HOBDEN
Charlotte May Hobden is a multi-disciplinary artist based in St. John’s, NL. She received her BFA in 2020 from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. Her work is inspired by the mysterious properties of light, our perception of colour, how we use light in scientific industries, and its symbolic significance. Currently, Charlotte is the Programming Assistant at Eastern Edge Gallery and sits on the Board of Directors for Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL).