Charlotte Schulz’s large–scale, intricate charcoal drawings construct a melancholic world, illuminated by foreboding light and weather. Informed by extensive reading and an encyclopedic collection of images of cities, events, and domestic interiors she gradually evolves her narratives as she works, incorporating and transforming sad or haunting private memories and larger world events, such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina. Through the careful blending of charcoal and delicate erasure, diverse images and spaces are blended into one another or dissolve into white. In recent drawings, the paper is actually folded, bent, or crumpled to include the play between real space and illusionistic space.
Born in Massillon, Ohio, Schulz studied art as an undergraduate at Kent State University (Ohio), before moving to Florida where she did her graduate work. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 1992 and received her MFA from the University of South Florida in 1993. She is the recipient of individual artist fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2010, the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2009 and 2002, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2005-2006, and the State of Florida in 1996. Schulz’s work is included in the permanent collections of Mills College Art Museum, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the University of South Florida.