Charlotte Moth

PhD Work

A To'ing and Fro'ing Between Image and Experience

I have an interlocking set of concerns for this research project. On the first level, there are questions about the relationship between the moving and still image but in turn this relates to issues of the archive and the travelogue.

When Constantin Brancusi extracted images from his 16mm film rushes, his use of photography gave rise to the question of how the image not only represents an object but also might transform a relationship to such an object. So how do the images Brancusi developed, as a form of sculptural understanding, take on a status in their own right as opposed to being mere incidental surrogates of the sculptural object? I think about this because the images he produced seem to provide a point of access to another life of his sculptures, revealing the possible alchemy of light, time and experience which might not be otherwise evident. The images taken of Brancusi's sculptures do not stop at the frame of the camera lens, instead they build up through the understanding of multifarious and serial perspectives or arrangements, thus animating what could be perceived as an object in and for itself.

What is the difference between the act of attempting to read an image and the encounter with the image as a presentation within yet another presentation?

The archive, the moving and still image and the image-object create modes of interplay which drives a whole series of questions which a project might be assembled through. These questions lead me into a direct involvement with both material resources and, in turn, a complex web of trace elements that issue from this process.


  • Charlotte Moth
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Painting, 2013–

  • Charlotte Moth (1978, UK) studied Fine Art at UCCA, Canterbury and the Slade school of Art. In 1999, she began to develop a collection of analogue images called the Travelogue. Phenomenologically-grounded, this image bank covers an array of architectural sites and details, revealing an itinerancy of movement and discovery.

    From 2005-06 she was a researcher in the Fine Art department at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL. In 2013 she participated in residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, and Ateliers Les Arques, France. In 2012 she held solo shows at the Centre d'art contemporain de Genèva and Gallery Marcelle Alix, Paris.