Science played a significant role in Cecilia Charlton’s upbringing. This influence is from her father, who studied physics before pursuing his MBA. Though she has an innate interest and ability in science, Cecilia did not become a scientist. Charlton’s conscience and feeling of guilt that she did not become a geologist is a driver in her desire to play her part, and as an artist one has the power to encourage dialogue. Fire Matter is part of a series called Earth Series. The three components of the series (Plant, Water, and Fire) all pay tribute to these elements within our Earth. She attempts to capture their spirit and celebrate not only their aesthetics but also their essential nature.
The use of the word ‘matter’ in the titles is a play on words – while the works conceptually revolve around the material nature of fire, earth, and plants, the works also encourage the viewer to realise that these things matter.