|Thank You, Charlie Perry, 2020.|
There’s no denying that this is a bleak moment for Britain. We have had to bear witness to our government’s response to a real global crisis whom, unfortunately, have only validated the doubt and distrust many of its citizens have. It’s no wonder that we have seen a more prominent call-to-arms spirit amongst the public. In the wake of sponsored marathons having been called off this year, it certainly has been encouraging to see so many screenshots of five kilometre circuits followed by donation confirmations and splayed hands, each digit passing the baton to five more obliged nominees (as not a keen athlete, I am at once relieved and offended to have not received this particular challenge yet).
Charlie clearly is able to navigate her way through all of this; with Thank You, a direct message exchange lead to a post from a popular influencer, delivering on the task of just that and influencing donations of an impressive £600 in one day. She wishes for the recipients that “this piece of art will serve as a bright and colourful reminder of a time that is actually quite dark. I hope that people look at it on their wall and are reminded of their positive contribution.”
|Balcony, Charlie Perry, 2020.|
“I’ve always found that art was quite an exclusive thing to get involved in and since I’m so far removed from feeling like a part of that culture, I’m really just creating work for myself.”
The show has aired 80 episodes since August 2018 and has a healthy audience of people looking for clarity. The episodes feature a number of guests from the skincare community and cover topics ranging from the way boozing affects your skin, whether popular brands live up to the hype to discussing body-positivity issues such as cellulite. Going back to the benefit of meaningful social media connections, Charlie also credits Instagram for leading her to help produce political podcast, The Breakdown by Julia Belle. Which similarly sets out to deliver jargon-free, accessible updates this time from the political sphere – a world renowned for being alienating and impenetrable to the average person.
“I’m not painting for any reason other than sitting down to just experiment and play. I’m still learning the rest, this wasn’t a process that began by me wanting to sell my art; I got into that part accidentally.”
|Monsieur Crabs, Charlie Perry, 2020.|
Since we are all spending a lot more time at home right now, we are naturally forming a new relationship with isolation. From that solitude, great work has already begun to emerge creating objects that will serve as reminders of a moment in time we will not soon forget. Hopefully, we will continue to see people like Charlie using their platform to help create a future that is more transparent, bright and supportive once we are all able to return to the world outside.