LYNETTE CHARTERS


Current Work

The Missing Women

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.

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Current and Upcoming Shows

Greystone Industries 2019 group show: Curated by the UK painter Graham Crowley, Reception date: Saturday August 3rd.
https://www.grahamcrowley.co.uk/greystone-industries

The Missing Women Series: Solo Exhibition/ Installation/ Performance, Gallery 950, Tacoma, WA. Sept-Oct. Dates to be decided. https://www.spaceworkstacoma.com/gallery/

Show with Jennifer Gillia Cutshall, Verum Ultimum, Portland, OR. early 2020. Dates to be decided. https://www.verumultimumartgallery.com

The Missing Women Series: Solo Exhibition, Gallery 839, Burbank, CA. August 2020. Dates to be decided.

About The Artist

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.”

Recent Exhibitions

2019
3 Women: Vashon Island Center for the Arts, WA.
Solo show: Harlequin Theatre, Olympia, WA.
Motherland: CoCA Member’s Show, juried, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.
Solo Show: Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA
Solo show: Gig Harbor Campus, Tacoma Community College, WA.
Culture: Group Exhibition, juried, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA.

2018
16th Annual Local Art Exhibition, juried, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA
Portray>Portrait: Group Exhibition, Gray’s Harbor College, WA
Salon Des Gallery One: Group show, Gallery One, Ellensburg WA.
Southwest Washington artists: Group Exhibition, juried, The Gallery at KJM Center for the Arts SPSCC, Olympia, WA (People’s Choice Award.)
Visual Impressions biennial national juried show: Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA (Awarded 2nd place as Artist.)
All That Glitters: Group Exhibition, juried, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA.
Culture: Group Exhibition, juried, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA
Generous Kingdom ll: Group Exhibition, juried, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR

2017
Chasing Ghosts ll: Group Exhibition, juried, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR.
15th Annual Local Art Exhibition, juried, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, WA.  (Juror's Choice Award and Honorable Mention.)
Local Artist: Group Exhibition, juried, Northwinds Art Center, Port Townsend, WA.
Solo show: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA