DC and Baltimore-based Zoë Charlton’s expanded practice includes drawing, collage, animation, sculpture, and installation. In Rendition, she “mass produces” the collectable African masks and statues that she references in her drawings and collages. Rendition engages cultural identity, race, commodity, and cultural tokenism, with a critical, yet humorous approach.
Charlton, who works from studios in both D.C. and Baltimore, has served on the faculty of The American University art department for 16 years, including as chair. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and BFA in painting and drawing from Florida State University. She participated in residencies at Artpace San Antonio, the Skowhegan School of Painting, the Ucross Foundation, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Her work has been included in national and international group exhibitions including at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland. Public collections include Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Phillips Collection (DC). She was also an animator for Flat Black Films in Austin, Texas, currently holds a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council and is a co-founder of ‘sindikit, an artist project space in Baltimore.
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