Interview Charlotte Colbert: A woman of many, many talents
THE WICK: Who is your ultimate Monday Muse?
Charlotte Colbert: I am in awe of every woman at the moment for how each of them is handling this world as best they can.
TW: You work in many different mediums, from ceramics to photography. What is your favourite work you’ve ever created?
As soon as I finish something I try to move on. I am wrapping up editing on my feature film, She Will. It was mostly shot in the Highlands of Scotland in winter, and it was an epic journey making it. The story is set in Scotland, which is officially why we shot there, but, of course, it was because the land there is magic. It has been a crazy journey in finishing during a time when no one can be together. Luckily, we filmed it all out of lockdown but the entire process of editing and recording the score has been online.
We filmed in an abandoned manor outside Glasgow and an actor and a crew member both reported seeing the ghost of a small child. The similarity of their descriptions was uncanny and slightly unnerving.
TW: What’s your favourite culturally curious spot or exhibition, physical or IRL?
CC: I love the Wellcome Collection, its quirky shows like the history of dirt or its collection of 19th-century prosthetics. The Foundling Museum is amazing. I also love sitting on a bench in Postman’s Park in the city, which celebrates and commemorates unknown people who died saving someone else’s life. Anonymous voices, everyday saviours. It reminds me of George Eliot’s novel dedicated to “all the unsung Saint Teresa’s” – those who everyday perform little miracles, which are often washed away and forgotten by time. As an artist, I have created a few commemorative walls, one called Forgotten Sisters, which celebrated women who changed the world.
TW: You live in a stunning location in Lewes. What are the top interiors items you couldn’t be without?
CC: I love my Ginny Sims mug. It is humongous and can hold a whole litre of coffee in it. My friend Meihui’s hampers [the brand is called Made How Vita], which she started in lockdown. She is the queen of the east end and a beacon of creativity. Each hamper is curated and gorgeous. Monster Pinch by lovely Beata Heuman to keep salt, piles of plays and, most importantly, my portable Behringer speaker that booms out music to quasi nightclub levels and which I carry everywhere with me.