Charlotte Colgate is an artist, educator and curator based in Berlin.
The prominent lines of enquiry that I follow concern the public and private spheres; the interplay between our personal boundaries and our sense of being in control. I am particularly taken with borders, real or perceived, within groups of communities. How the limits and tolerances of people are asserted and adjusted according to context and code are often starting points for the development of a piece.
My concepts involve social, cultural and sometimes political issues that transcend aspects of our every day lives. Realised works often have a familiar feel at first, with a comforting composition of colour, light and tone used. Over time this composition slips into something slightly disconcerting, unsettling even, leaving the viewer with questions which must be met introspectively. The voyeur becomes exposed and obliged to reconcile his or her principles with those of the subject being considered.
From an early focus on materials and processes, I have in more recent years shifted towards video, performance and installation, with a strong inclination towards site-specific and immersive works. The initial move into a performance-led practice resulted in the creation of Amanda Parish. This specific character has since developed to become a pseudonym for all the work I create as a visual artist, be that as a performer, maker or director.