We are approaching the end of the school year: the sun is blazing on the cobblestones of Strasbourg, and refreshments are pouring on the terraces. There’s a well-deserved smell of summer vacation on the streets. To get the summer off to a good start, we took a break on Charlotte Preisler’s planet, sipping beetroot juice and bananas in oysters, and running prank contests with a dog in circus costume. We play tourists to relive some memories of an extraordinary journey to a dreamland, in a psychedelic world where every element of everyday life has its own personality.
Charlotte Pressler’s business is a magical walk, a gentle walk. Her colorful and childish streak often gives the impression of a scene captured on the spot, so much so that one wonders what exotic places she could spend her free time in.. Bubble Cosmos, goes well with this laughing little woman, who wears a pretty blue dolphin-shaped clip in her hair. Meeting an artist from Strasbourg makes us travel in a very special world.
“I’ve never done a comic in my life”
After training in BTS graphic design in Elkirch, her parents encouraged Charlotte Pressler, originally from Strasbourg, to continue in the world of illustration. Quite by chance, and without knowing the symbols, I entered the world of comics by integrating the Angouleme School: “I’ve never done a comic in my life. […] It started only late, at the age of twenty. I’m not one of those very classy people who can say they were actually doing comics when they were 8 years old! But I think it’s powerful to be a novice so late, because I haven’t been affected by many things.”
Charlotte soon discovers that she is very comfortable with this narrative style that she had never explored until then: Storyboards are great for combining text and image […] I can take the reader anywhere, just with a pencil and paper. It’s like directing a movie, but without actors, without a producer, without money… I can do anything and everything! “
After a few years of training in Angouleme and Paris, in 2019, Charlotte Pressler returned home to join HEAR in Strasbourg, an institution that attracted her for her solid training in illustration.
“Drawing changes daily life“
The artist seems to have a compulsive need to bite whatever comes to mind. : “My notebooks are so annoying. I try to bring a lot of things to life”. We encounter creatures that will give you a happy smile until the end of the year: snails, dogs covered in stars, horses in polka dots, round-headed characters … Charlotte created her own myths, made up of simple forms, a world in which coexistence transcends physical manifestations and gloom: Drawing can change everyday life. It’s fun to invent six-legged creatures, two-headed horses, and little cats with big ears.”.
Even if Charlotte’s business is often filled with joy and poetry, there is often a sweet sadness, a balance of strength between loneliness and sociability, and the little blues that can bother us for no reason. “I like to take these childish symbols, and turn them towards the grotesque and the grotesque, to create characters who are a little lost… If you are kind to my naive drawings, they will quickly become heavy […] I often put serious feelings into my paintings, family dramas, or friendships, but they’re never visually violent. […] »
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Templar Charlotte Pressler