Charlie Lee-Potter is an artist, writer and academic from Oxford, UK. Her artistic practice, using print, drawing and photography, falls into three areas: climate and environment; borders and frontiers; and the use of text and geometry as image She is currently writing and illustrating a book about geometry and ways of walking the landscape in shapes.
Charlie has just completed an artist’s residency in Virginia, USA, producing paintings and drawings focused on the quality of water in the Chesapeake Bay. The project combined her interests in the representation of three-dimensional geometric form and the health of our rivers and oceans. She created a ten-metre long Mobiüs Loop of the bay designed to hang over the water and disintegrate as the tides encroached.
Her series of drypoint etchings about frontiers were selected by the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut for the Biennial International Miniature Print Competition. The works used subversive text to challenge the American administration’s punitive immigration policy. Charlie devised the project to show the ease with which her artworks could cross the US border (despite their encoded message), by comparison with the struggle of immigrants seeking to cross that same frontier on foot.
By using text in her work, Charlie combines her roles as journalist, writer, literary academic and visual artist. Charlie has presented BBC Radio 4 programmes such as The World at One, PM, The World this Weekend, The World Tonight and Open Book. She now writes on art, design and culture for Cereal and Designo magazines and is also College Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Her PhD examined the representation of 9/11 in literature, art and music and her latest monograph Writing the 9/11 Decade: Reportage and Evolution of the Novel (Bloomsbury, 2017), was recently shortlisted for the University English Book Prize.