Charlie Walkden is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the south of England, who uses materials such as fabric, ink, letter stamping, mosaics and light. Her recent practice has focused on the Catholic religion and her own experience growing up within the church. Charlie explores the church, questioning the things she often misunderstood or disagreed with while growing up. Charlie Walkden also has an interest in literature, especially ‘the gothic’, and often finds ways to connect it to her own practice.
Undivided attention consists of eight 3-meter sheets of fabric attached to curtain poles that are suspended from the ceiling.
The four inner sheets create a box like installation that contains poems (written by the artist) that have been stamped on the fabric, using ink and rubber letter stamps.
The four outer sheets are plain and hang down from each of the four corners. The sculpture is lit from the inside using a bright LED spotlight that casts a large shadow onto the floor and bounces off the walls of the space the work is situated in.
The poems that are displayed on the sheets are thought provoking and, in some places, quite dark, they could be perceived as blasphemous. The audience are invited to walk around and inside of the work in order to read the poems that have been stamped onto the sheets. The text has been placed at different heights in order to make the viewer get closer to the work. The artist does this as the text is venerable, and in some places made to not be seen at all.
There is a Church like atmosphere to the work as the space it is situated in is dimly lit (with the light just being seen on the work) and the sound of silence. The text is displayed in a way so that the audience can read it in whichever way they want, there is no order However, it makes sense.
'Am I too young
To understand the business you have created
To tell me what is right and what is wrong?
A corporation that makes my skin itch
Makes me feel so ashamed
How can something be filled with love yet im always afraid'