Charlotte Engelhaarts is best known as a painter, but her work also includes video
installation. She studied at The National Academy of Fine Art in Bergen Norway from
1996-2001 and is a member of several artist organizations: NBK, UKS and LNM. Her
works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Norway as well as in
Europe and belong to numerous public, corporate and private collections. Engelhaart lives
and work at Nesodden, just outside of Oslo
My work is oriented towards how the act of paint can reveal something about human
identity, nature and history. In that both of my parents were orphans and grew up without
family, I found myself early on in my life looking for roots and the sense of belonging. The
secrets around my unknown relatives, their lives and persona made me look for stories
behind the random faces staring at me from photographs. The human gaze became my
inspiration and a way into representative painting.
My identity as a painter is located between figuration and abstraction. The human
expression in dialogue with the complexity of a painted surface has been a conceptual
cornerstone for most of my career as an artist. The motifs in my pantings are taken from
different sources, such as private family albums, newspapers, films or the internet.
When the mystery of a human image merges with the abstract poetry of painting, new and
untold stories arise beyond the visible surface. In the context of our contemporary mass
communication my commitment to the visual language of paint serves for me as a way to
silence the mind and comprehend questions about life and humanity. The viewer does nor
only perceive an immediate visual experience, but is also left to process the complexity of
mankind in a frozen moment in time.
I think of the way I work as a love affair, a place fed from human nature, unfolded by paint.