The aim of The Missing Women series is to show how women are presented but not represented in society and history. Using public galleries as a reference, the woman’s body is omitted from renderings of famous painting to highlight the lack of documented female genius in recorded history, proportional female representation in politics and indeed lack of societal appreciation in terms of wage equality. Our verbal and visual language most often explains the world from a mostly undisputed heterosexual/white/male point of view. This creates huge problems in communication for anyone else. For women, the most obvious difficulty is portraying our body image without it seemingly on display for male appreciation. We do not own the image of our bodies. Our bodies are seen everywhere but our accomplishments are unrecorded or appropriated. The Missing Women are an assertive but non-aggressive attempt at pointing out the communication difficulties women face on a day to day basis.
Materials are pertinent. I use plaster in the paint, a medium which conceals. I use mixed media to represent how women are beautified and presented as commodities for consumption, and how women are often paid with gifts but not an equal wage. Wood is natural. Nature is a description which stereotypes women and the Muses stand in irony. Wood is “flawed” in its beauty. It has blemishes and irregularities. I delight in the difference in personality and size in the knots. The wood questions the photoshopped images of bodies depicting a standard of beauty that doesn’t exist in reality, which women and men are bombarded with on a daily basis, only serving to create a dissatisfaction and discomfort with ourselves and each other. The Muses stare back at us. They are unflinching and self aware. If there is perceived sexuality then we remind ourselves that it is our mind's projection.
CoCA Member's Show "Motherland" March 7 - April 20, 11-6pm Thursday to Saturday. Opening reception March 7th, 6-9pm. 114 3rd Ave. South, Seattle, WA. https://www.cocaseattle.org
“The Missing Women Series” Solo show at Harlequin Theatre lobby in downtown Olympia. Opening reception May 2nd, 5-7. Artist talk May 19th, 5pm. Show closes May 25th. https://harlequinproductions.org/2019/04/06/meet-lynette-charters-featured-artist-for-a-dolls-house/
Vashon Center for the Arts, 3 Women Artists. A group show with Heather Goodwin and Cyra Hobson. Opening artist reception May 3rd, 6-9. Show closes May 25th. https://vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/3-women-artists/
Greystone Industries 2019 group show. Curated by the UK painter Graham Crowley. Reception date: Saturday August 3rd.
Lynette was born in The Yorkshire Dales in The North of England. She paints from her home in Olympia, Washington. She holds a BA (hons) degree from Cardiff, South Wales and an MFA from Chelsea College of Art in London. While she was a student she worked with the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, Lynette studied various aspects of art history and feminism, studying under the instruction of Graham Crowley at Cardiff and Amanda Faulkner at Chelsea, researching imagery and language of materials in art. While tackling issues of feminism It occurred to her how extremely difficult it is to represent the female form from the female perspective. This problem is apparent in everyday life and has never been far from her mind. Lynette spent a long time traveling internationally while working in the animation business. Her years in animation helped to hone her drawing skills while being required to imitate many styles. It was the combination of these life experiences along with Lynette’s concerns for the world her family is learning to negotiate, that culminated in her current series “Missing Women.”
2019 Solo Show at Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA
2019 Solo show at Gig Harbor Campus, Tacoma Community College.
2019 “Culture” Juried Group Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA
2018 16th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition, at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA
2018 group show at Gray’s Harbor college, WA
2018 Salon Des Gallery One Exhibition, group show at Gallery One, Ellensburg WA.
2018 group show of Southwest Washington artists. Juried Exhibition at The Gallery at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts SPSCC, Olympia, WA
2018 Visual Impressions biennial national juried show, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA
2018 “All That Glitters” group show at Gallery One, Ellensburg WA.
2018 “Culture” Exhibition juried group show at Tacoma Community College, WA
2018 “Generous Kingdom ll” group show at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, OR
2017 “Chasing Ghosts ll” at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, OR.
2017 15th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College Juror's Choice Award for Klimt’s Muse Judith and Honourable Mention Award for Tanoux’s Harem Muses
2017 Local Artist Juried Show group show at Northwinds Art Center, Port Townsend, WA.
2016 Solo show at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA