A Chat With Charline Bataille - Our August Artist
It's back to school season! Back to skipping class to cry in your room, back to skipping class to plot a revolution! Why do you skip class, anyway? Are you annoyed at the patriarchal capitalist white supremacist pseudo truths you're learning in your average classroom? Are you too shy to show up with that new haircut? Are you simply too depressed to leave your bed? Meh, just stay here with us and gossip!
Charline Bataille is a young artist trying to orchestrate an angry, hairy, bubblegum infiltration of the visual landscape.
Her work attempts to queer femininity, queer what's possible, queer what's average and queer activism by over-saturating all spaces possible with loudly cranky, openly traumatized, ready to resist, and ready to fight, colorful fat ladies. And making you laugh, baby!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be anything or anyone but myself, it's a pretty common story, I think. Now I work hard everyday to loudly be the proud, traumatized babe that I am and to take care of little Char.
What are you listening to right now?
Oh, it usually alternates between 'sexy r&b' and 'chilling on a dirt road'
What would the perfect day be like for you?
To be quite honest, the perfect day for me is probably one where all the attention is on me and I look fabulous and I get to eat very fancy food and hug all the people I love and dance a bit so like... my dream wedding basically.
What are you working on right now?
Making it as an *artist*!
If your window display was a planet, what celebrities would live there?
Shamama and Bita and Esther and Estelle and Sam and Frankie and Lenore and EK and Mubeenah and Bruiser and Meghan and Ruby and Timmy and Malek and Sara and all the creative powerful Montreal babes that always rock the most magical outfits and choose to be vulnerable and honest and are fat and hairy and tall and loud and colourful and farty and rude and inspire me every fucking day. If my window is anything like I imagine it, if its a place where babes get to gossip and be angry and wear crop tops no matter what their bodies look like and is a space to be real and sad but surrounded with power and support and queer magic, then I hope to hangout there with them, probably eating a lot, hopefully keeping hydrated!
Did you go to art school our are you self-taught?
I did some art classes in CEGEP, which I loved, but I have a degree in women's studies! Critical thinking is definitely a huge part of my practice, yes!
In 5 words, how would you describe your aeshetic?
unapolegatic, femmey, sloppy, vulnerable, good nails
What's your favorite fashion decade?
I am a libra, so it would be cruel to make me choose! these days i am so over pastel and am into bright bold primary colours.. I'm obsessed with mid century modern stuff and 70s kitchen curtains, and of course early 2000's have a tender place in my heart, I saved for weeks to buy my very own authentic baby phat shirt back in the days!
How would you describe your style?
I like to think I am a weirdo queer Carrie Bradshaw with baby doll heads hot glued on everything and paint stains all over! Definitely DIY
Whats your favorite vintage purchase?
I can't stop buying sleepwear lingerie... pyjamas as clothes forever!