Aubrey Charnell was born in Lebanon, Tennessee 1990. During her studies at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, she held an apprenticeship with a local figurative artist for three years. In this time she became very interested in the classical approach to figurative sculpture. In 2014, Aubrey Charnell moved to Florence, Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art under the direction of Robert Bodem. After graduating in 2017, she remained in Florence until June of 2020 sculpting and teaching in Studio dei Conti. Now back in Tennessee, she has been working on private commissions and personal works in her studio.
"From a young age, I have always had a loving fascination with nature and the arts. As I evolved to the being I am today, I am so fortunate to be able to work with Mother Nature (clay) every day to attempt to recreate one of her creations. In my work, I want humans interacting with an emotion captured in clay. My influences and inspiration comes from everyday life, the people seen, and the nature felt. Working with clay, a fancy version of mud, enables me to feel connected to Mother Earth during this process. This furthers connection to the organic that working from a live model allows, enabling me to observe life closely, its movements, its emotional delicacies. To interpret the nature of flesh and bone comes with its challenges but is both engaging and exciting. Bronze casting is an alchemical process that has a twinkle of magic in its subtleties to me. To share the final result with the viewers is a pleasure. "
EXHIBTIONS AND AWARDS
Emergence | CHA Art Space | Chattanooga, Tennessee | 2023
56th Annual Society of Portrait Sculptors FACE Exhibition | La Galleria Pall Mall | London, England | 2020
14th Annual Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition | 2019
Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition | European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) | Barcelona, Spain | 2019
FRAMMENTI | Studio dei Conti | Florence, Italy | 2018
13th Annual Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition 2018
Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition | European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) | Barcelona, Spain | 2017
Open Studio Exhibition | The Florence Academy of Art | Florence, Italy | 2015
Crest Gallery of Art Juried Exhibition | Chattanooga, Tennessee | 2011