About The Artist
“I am inspired by the artificially created community that was defined by sameness, a plastic culture and an absence of nature. I recycle objects and ideas to create alternative realities in miniature." - Charmaine Caire
Charmaine Caire, illustrator, photographer and pop artist, is a creator of worlds composed of
found objects, usurped scenes of multi-media vignettes and toys which often “humorously
evoke the affluence and plastic culture of suburbia while addressing a variety of topics from current events.
With these contrived artificial communities, she produces fantastic colored prints pushing the
potential of photography past two dimensions. She has been described as a “surreal juxtaposer”.
Born in 1950’s Trenton, New Jersey, she was raised in post-World War 2 Levittown and
graduated from Tyler School of Art. Fascinated by both the disposability and eternal life of
plastic toys in the tableaus she built, Caire created both connection and dissonance. These
objects combine to create a very short story or one-scene play, drawing the observer to
question their own connections and role in the story.