artist | london | edey_


Charlotte Edey is a British artist and illustrator. Her work is primarily concerned with contemporary issues of selfhood and the politics of space. Her narratives employ cultural signifiers that allow personal mythologies to weave life into ancient motifs through the language of symbolism. 

Her process combines tapestry, embroidery and sculptural walnut as an expansion of her drawing practice. This journey between dimensions from her works on paper – what is added, altered and even removed by these multiple processes – creates a complex layering to her textile work. Mark-making and gesture are explored through hand-embroidery in silk, forging a relationship between drawn line and thread. Her installations reference ritualistic methods of display from altarpieces to shrines, forming portals to imagined otherworlds that offer the opportunity to investigate our present.  

She has previously presented solo shows at Flowers Gallery, London (2018) and PUBLIC Gallery, London (2019). Her work has been included in group shows at the Design Museum, London (2021), Cob Gallery, London (2021), TJ Boulting, London (2018 & 2019), MANA Contemporary, USA (2020), Mall Galleries, London (2019), Palazzo Monti, Italy (2019) and Arusha Gallery, Scotland (2020).

Selected illustration clients include Apple, Miu Miu, The New Yorker, New York Times, The Design MuseumPenguin Random House, CNN, Soho House, GQ, WeTransfer & Bombay Sapphire. See more commissioned work here.

Her work has been featured in Artsy, Creative Review, Dezeen, Elephant, Wallpaper, It’s Nice That, Dazed, Elle, AnOther Magazine, Vanity Fair & more.

:: solo EXHIBITIONS ::

echolocation @ public gallery (London, 2019)
artist of the day @ flowers gallery, cork street (London, 2018)

:: selected group EXHIBITIONS ::

psychic anemone @ cob gallery (London)
les danses nocturnes curated by eastcontemporary (Milan) @ spread museum (Entrevaux)
abracadabra! @ alma zevi (London)
supermarket @ design museum (London)
from cellar to garret @ south parade (London)
small is beautiful @ flowers gallery, cork street (London)
transatlantico @ MANA contemporary (Jersey City)
ancient deities @ arusha gallery (Edinburgh)
no time like the present @ public gallery (online/London)
this tragedy w/ ginny on frederick @ fonda (online/Leipzig)

the great women artists @ palazzo monti (Brescia)
ING discerning eye @ mall galleries (London)
motherline @ flowers gallery, kingsland road (London)
subversive stitch @ tj boulting (London)
dark night of the soul @ lewisham arthouse (London)
2018 & earlier
every thing @ assembly point (London)
in the company of @ tj boulting (London)
the great women artists @ mother london (London)