Nicole Charbonnet

Patterns are a source of solace for Nicole Charbonnet – all she needs to know is “in the patterned sound of a song, speech of a poem and design of a quilt.” This exhibition features medium- to large-scale paintings based on motifs from wallpaper, textiles or other pattern-based art and design. There are recognizable images from noteworthy artists such as Bridget Riley, Cy Twombly, as well as Orla Kiely’s iconic leaf pattern. Charbonnet explains that, “the appropriated visual arrangements are beautiful in themselves but also act as metaphors for other patterns, whether thoughts or actions, pedestrian or esoteric, prosaic or profound…Using material from our shared cultural heritage not only stimulates a sense of recognition and nostalgia, but also informs current social and political situations.”