Existing somewhere between human and animal, these exotic portraits from French artist Charlotte Caron give her subjects a real wild side. To create the images, Caron paints over large scale photographs of real-life people using acrylic paints to realize the animals she envisions. The contrast between reality and fiction is blurred by both her dissimilar mediums and by the brushstrokes themselves. She creates, as she puts it, “an osmosis between the two mediums.” We think it’s almost as if her subjects are in the midst of a cross species transformation and we’ve caught the show just in time (anybody remember Animorphes?).
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In creating the works Caron attempts to give an “answer to a form of duality – that assumes an animal part.” Thus her portraits could be looked at as both a way to playfully look at our animalistic nature and more scientifically, at the close genetic ties we share with the animal world.
Last year her works were shown at the Galerie Claire Corcia in Paris under the title Humanation. You can see more of her work, including sculptures and some hip animal mask photos, at charlottecaron.fr.