Cecilia Charlton Combines Art and Activism at University College London

I offer a platform from which we can experience and discuss issues of human perception, history, and social convention. Working in a genre which I am calling reductive scientific surrealism, I create forms that are potentially anthropomorphic yet unrecognizable, well-ordered yet extemporaneous.  

Within the digitized appearance of the paintings there is a sense of spontaneity – suggesting the presence of a person. Paramount is the implication of disarray, buoyed by the meticulousness with which the elements are constructed; the paintings push the viewer into a space where science and humanity overlap and eerily begin to speak the same language.  

Through my paintings, I transform the real world, suspending time and sound, and offer a meditation on dualities: individuality/ homogeneity of the person, contemporary/ archaic thought processes, and real/ digital space. In art, as in life, contradictions enable subjectivity and promote personal inquiry – it is this effect that I wish to exercise in an effort to promote independent thought.

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