Charlotte Hicks is a British contemporary artist, currently living and working from her studio in London. Her practice centres around ideas of voyeurism and the male gaze; more specifically, the pervasiveness of sexualised imagery of women in contemporary media. In her work, she creates forms that are originally from newspaper, magazine and Instagram images, which (to her) uphold the idea of women as passive object: existing for the purpose of being looked at.
“Woman…stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic order in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still tied to her place as a bearer of meaning, not maker of meaning” – Laura Mulvey, 1975.
Her works on paper depict classic motifs of the female body that are frequently found in the media we consume daily, but don’t necessarily register or notice. The most recognisable is the Hollywood “Legs”, which Hicks has repeated in different forms to reflect the ubiquity of this image in popular culture today.
Hicks graduated with a BA(Hons) Painting from ECA 2019.