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Charlotta Janssen’s work re-imagines discarded and archival photographs of working class Americans taken before, during and after the Great Depression. While at once cautionary, these images attempt to celebrate both the individual dignity and group solidarity of her subjects.

Her paintings represent an exploration of the Great American “void”. Janssen’s primary medium is paint: acrylic, oil, iron oxide (rust), and collage; her colour spectrum is narrow. Once finished, a piece of work is “rusted”, a random process, which gives each story a patina, whether it is popular and ordinary, or obscure and imaginative. After the rusting process, collage is applied; it’s a way of bringing in sound bites, textures and colour into the composition.

Janssen studied at the University of Arts (HDK), Berlin, Germany. Her solo exhibitions include: Threads of a Story: History Inspiring Art, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, 2014, A Whole Lotta Charlotta, Spazio Bocciofila, Venice Biennale, 2013, Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters, The George Washington Carver Museum, Dothan, Alabama, 2013 and The Day Bayard Rustin Came To Town, Memphis Public Library, Goodwyn Gallery, Tennessee 2012. She has also participated in numerous group shows in the USA and globally, and has undertaken commissions and collaborative design projects for, among others, The University of North Carolina, Long Island Spy Museum, and mural commissions across New York. Her work is held in numerous collections, including Oprah Winfrey’s.

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Adam & Eve, Greene County GA 1941, 2014
Lot Number 9
Oil, acrylic, and iron oxide on canvas
183 x 120 cm (72.05 x 47.24 in)
Signed on verso of each panel

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Charlotta Janssen
Adam & Eve, Greene County GA 1941
  • Dimensions
    183 x 120 cm (72.05 x 47.24 in)